Plantar fasciitis / fasciopathy is a very common condition of pain described directly underneath the inside of the heel bone. It is more recently now referred to as a degenerative condition (wear and tear) rather than inflammation where the tissue originates at the heel.
The plantar fascia is a dense connective tissue which spans from the heel to the base of the foot. This band of tissue is very sensitive to local changes around it such as increases in activity levels—frequency, intensity and duration.
Symptoms usually present upon waking with first few steps in the morning. This can also be aggravated after periods of rest or increased levels of activity through the foot.
Pain description can vary from sharp, stabbing to a dull ache sensation.
The condition has been linked with various risk factors (this list is not exhaustive):
Note: Not all treatment options are suitable for all individuals and therefore not all have been indicated. Such as:
If symptoms are non-resolving to initial treatments then re-assessment by your podiatrist is best recommendation for further treatment advice.