Plantar faciitis is a painful condition that occurs when the long ligament on the bottom of the foot is strained, stressed or torn. Learn more about this common condition that affects two million people every year.

Causes & Triggers

  • Being overweight or obese
  • High arches or flat feet
  • Improperly fitting or worn out footwear
  • Overpronation (rolling in) of foot
  • Standing, walking or running for extended periods of time
  • Tight calf muscle or Achilles tendon

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain along foot bottom, from base of heel through arch (fascia):
    • In the morning with the first few steps of the day
    • At the start of any activity; pain goes away or lessens with warm up
    • With prolonged standing
  • Swelling

Tips & Treatments

  • The plantar fascia ligament supports the foot’s arch and the body’s weight.
  • Plantar faciitis is one of the most common reasons for foot pain.
  • Seek medical attention instead of self-diagnosing.
  • Prescribed at-home treatments may include rest, ice and proper stretching.
  • Non-Operative Treatment for Plantar Faciitis