Plantar means something on your foot. Fascia is one of the kinds of tissue that connect different body parts (called connective tissue). So the plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects the heel and ball of your foot.
Plantar fasciitis is foot pain caused by a problem with your plantar fascia. It's sometimes called plantar fasciosis.
It's the most common cause of heel pain
The pain is often worse when you start walking first thing in the morning and after periods of rest
It's common in people who spend a lot of time on their feet
Stretching, applying ice, and changing shoes can help
Doctors sometimes give you corticosteroid shots
Plantar fasciitis is caused by strain, tearing, or wearing out of the tough band of tissue in your feet called the plantar fascia.
Strains or tears of the fascia are more likely to happen if you:
The following may cause plantar fasciosis or make it worse:
To tell if you have plantar fasciitis, doctors will do a physical exam. If they think your fascia may have torn or your pain is coming from another problem, they may do tests such as:
To lessen pain and lower the stress on your foot:
Doctors may have you:
If your pain doesn't get better, doctors may: