If you’re a runner, an athlete, or someone who spends a significant amount of time on their feet, you’ve probably heard about plantar fasciitis. It’s a common foot condition that can cause significant discomfort, and understanding its symptoms is the first step toward effective management.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. This tissue plays a key role in supporting the arch of your foot and absorbing shocks when you walk or run.

What you need to know

  • Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, tissue in the foot used during walking and foot movement.
  • Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a number of factors, including type of shoes, foot structure, overuse and types of walking surfaces.
  • The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain.
  • Treatment for plantar fasciitis usually does not require surgery.

Ref: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain near the heel. This pain is often the worst with the first steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when standing up after sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.

Here are the main symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis:

1. Heel Pain:

This is the most common symptom, often described as a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of your heel. It can range from mild to severe.

2. Foot Stiffness:

You may notice stiffness in your foot, particularly in the morning when you first wake up. The stiffness may lessen as you move around but could persist throughout the day.

3. Difficulty with Walking:

Because of the pain and stiffness, you may find it challenging to walk, especially when you first get up from sitting or lying down.

4. Increased Pain After Exercise:

Plantar Fasciitis – Pain in my feet

While the pain might not be noticeable during physical activities, you might feel a surge of pain immediately after.

5. Swelling or Redness:

In some cases, you might notice slight swelling or redness around your heel.

Management and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

Plantar Fasciitis – Heel Pain Treatment

If you are experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis, it’s essential to seek professional medical advice. The Foot Alignment Clinic can provide a range of treatment options, from Bio-mechanical Assessment, exercise and correction using Custom Orthotics.

The good news is that with proper care, most people fully recover from plantar fasciitis. However, ignoring the symptoms could lead to chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities.

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