The plantar fascia connects the front of the foot to the heel; this thin ligament supports the arch and enables mobility. Occasionally, this ligament is overused and/or over-stretched and develops minute tears. Repeated use of the damaged ligament results in inflammation and then plantar fasciitis can occur. A sharp, stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel may be the initial complaint and it can occur suddenly. Plantar fasciitis is a very common orthopedic complaint and is often referred to as runner’s heel.
Some individuals are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis than others and influencing factors can be genetic, structural, age-related, health-related, or as a result of lifestyle. Generally, plantar fasciitis is more common in middle-aged and older adults although it can occur in younger people as well.
If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis or are developing it, you should seek medical help. Sometimes plantar fasciitis can be confused with Achilles tendinitis, but the two are significantly different; thus the need for medical advice.
Although bone spurs frequently accompany the onset of plantar fasciitis, there is at this point no definite correlation between the two.
We’ve compiled the 10 most common signs of Plantar Fasciitis.
If it feels like there is a pebble in your shoe and under your heel but there is, in fact, no pebble in your shoe, then plantar fasciitis may be developing. This is particularly true if you wear heavy shoes that lack flexibility because that puts significant strain on the plantar fascia every time you take a step.