People that have this condition will report that they start to have pain in the heel or sole of the foot that is most severe with the first few steps that they take in the morning. As it progresses, they will start to report that they have pain throughout the day while walking, especially if they sit for a while and then start walking.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation that leads to tightness of some thick tissue at the bottom of your foot. When you sit or sleep at night, the tissue on the sole of the foot rests in a shortened position, so that when you start walking, it has to be stretched out again.

People who are overweight, age above 60, run, perform aerobic dance exercise, or do other types of high impact activity are at risk of this condition. Having flat feet or having a profession that requires standing for long periods of time, like retail or teachers, also have an increased risk of developing this especially if proper foot wear is not worn.

Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis

Diagnosis is made by your physician on physical examination and imaging studies such as MRI/X-Ray/CT are usually not necessary.

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Treatment is aimed at stretching the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot with exercise, night-time splints, orthotics in the shoe during the day and if not improved possibly a steroid injection. Surgical treatment is rarely needed.

How We Can Help

Our physicians at Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Pain Specialists are able to thoroughly examine your foot and make an accurate diagnosis for the best possible treatment.