Inflammation of the thick band of connective tissue on the sole of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes.
Repetitive Strain: Plantar fasciitis most often occurs due to repetitive strain placed on the connective tissue of the sole of the foot as a result of prolonged activities such as long distance running or walking. Such activities may tear or overstretch the connective tissue thus resulting in inflammation and pain.
Mechanics of the feet: Being flat footed or having a high arch may affect the manner in which weight is distributed between the feet during walking. Such an uneven distribution in weight may in turn place undue stress on the connective tissue of the sole of the foot.
Excess Bodyweight: Additional bodyweight means excess stress being placed upon on the connective tissue of the feet which may in turn become torn or stretched.
Certain Occupations: Jobs such as teaching which require standing on one’s feet for long periods of time may result in repetitive strain on the connective tissue of the foot.
Stabbing pain in the heel of the foot with first steps in the morning.
The pain often decreases after taking some steps but returns after a period of time.
Swelling of the foot in the heel region
Pain is more severe following exercise compared to during exercise.
Pain may present itself after long periods of sitting or lying down.