Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. It occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed or irritated, leading to heel pain and stiffness. The condition is common in athletes and people who spend long hours on their feet.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain and stiffness in the heel that is worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of standing or walking. Treatment options for plantar fasciitis include rest, stretching exercises, footwear modifications, and orthotics. In some cases, corticosteroid injections or surgery may be recommended.