Plantar fasciitis causes pain and stiffness in the bottom of the foot. It occurs when the thick ligament that connects the toes to the heel becomes inflamed. It makes walking very difficult.
The pain of plantar fasciitis is commonly worse in the morning. Activity or climbing stairs may increase the intensity of the pain. People who are obese, long distant runners or have excessive pronation have a greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis. It is wise to wear shoes that fit well and have good arch support.
There are several treatments for plantar fasciitis. Doctors recommend resting, pain medication, heel stretches and wearing supportive shoes. In some cases a boot cast is worn for three to six weeks. In rare cases, steroid injections or surgery is necessary.