The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that originates from heel bone(calcaneus) and branches out to the base layer of toes. The plantar fascia is a vital part of our body, as it supports the arch of the foot and cushions any hard impact, and plays a key role in walking.
Typical symptoms include extreme pain when you take your first step in the morning, but not everyone has the same symptoms. The pain usually occur in the inside of heel, and when you press the medial calcaneal tubercle in the anterior aspect of the heel bone. The pain is exacerbated when you flex the toes toward the top of the foot.
The pain is not felt while you are at rest, but resumes when you move, then alleviates with continued movement.
Leaving Plantar Fasciitis untreated for an extended period will put you at risk of developing chronic heel pain, to the point of inhibiting daily activities.
In the early stages, you must change shoes with comfortable inner soles and regularly stretch your heels and calves. Treatments include healing the ligament with extracorporeal shock wave therapy and injection therapy, and alleviating the pain by treating the ligament inflammation.