The symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of the foot – at the front or center of the heel bone.
The pain may be worse upon waking up in the morning, often called “first-step pain.” It may also happen when standing after sitting for a long time.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The feet have a thick, fibrous band of tissue called the plantar fascia that connects our heel bones to the balls of our feet.
The plantar fascia becomes overstretched or strained when the muscles that form and maintain the foot’s arch system aren’t working efficiently. When the plantar fascia is excessively and repeatedly stretched to the point of strain, tiny tears can occur in its surface, causing pain and inflammation.
When the arches are unable to safely manage the vertical forces generated by body weight, the arches collapse, creating stress and strain on the plantar fascia.