Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) is an inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot. It is often considered the same as, or seen with, heel spur. It is caused by such factors as:
Long periods of standing, unpadded shoes on hard ground/poor arch support
Poor shoes, a change or increased activity
Overweight, age-related shrinkage of heel fat pad
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain usually in front and bottom of the heel. It can also be over the entire bottom area of the foot. If you have heel pain on the inside, front and bottom of your heel, especially if it's in the morning or after sitting a long time, then you probably have plantar fasciitis (heel spur). The pain often increases with more walking and standing. Fifty percent of the sufferers say the pain is constant. About 90 percent feel it hurts when pressed deeply with a finger.
The most successful treatments include gentle stretching of the calf muscles, decrease or change of activities, better fitting shoes or shoe insert orthotics/arch support, taping, acupuncture, and anti-inflammatory medication.
Dr. Chad F. Spaulding