Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia (cord like structure which attaches to the heel bone and fans out towards your toes) and commonly presents as pain first thing in the morning, or after rest. It is the most common complaint we see as Podiatrists, with statistics saying as many as 1 in 10 people will suffer with this problem once in their lifetime. Common causes of plantar fasciitis include: poor footwear, flat feet, excessively high arches, Achilles/Calf tightness, sudden increase in activity, weight gain.
Plantar fasciitis can sometimes take up to 12 months to resolve, and it is common for people to re-develop the injury again. A Podiatrist will help to treat the inflammation, to reduce the pain, as well as long term management to try and prevent re-occurrence of the injury.