The band of tissue that stretches between your heel and the middle part of your foot is called the plantar fascia. It supports the arch of your foot while cushioning the bottom of your foot.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this tissue. This condition is often caused by an injury or over use such as excessive running, standing or walking. Wearing shoes that do not support your arch or cushion your feet can also result in plantar fasciitis.

Foot pain is the primary symptom of plantar fasciitis. The bottom of your foot may be very sore and tender to the touch. Often symptoms are worse when first getting out of bed in the morning or after long periods of rest.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

As with any ligament injury, plantar fasciitis can take several months to heal. Your consultant may recommend rest and only gentle exercise until the pain subsides.

Over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol or anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen may also help.
More cushioned footwear with good arch support may also ease your symptoms. Shoe inserts or custom made orthotics will further support your foot.

Your consultant may also recommend physiotherapy to gently stretch and strengthen your plantar fascia.

If conservative treatment is not successful, your consultant may recommend steroid injections or surgery.