Plantar Fascia as you can see from the picture above is a think band of fibrous tissue, this tissue supports the arch of the foot and runs from the toes to the heel.
Plantar Fasciitis happens generally from overuse and is a chronic condition that affects the Plantar Fascia which becomes inflamed and causes pain.
WHY DOES IT OCCUR?
Overuse ( a lot of running or jumping)
WHO GETS IT?
Just about anyone but in particular
Jumping sports (basketball etc.)
Anyone who suffers with obesity.
Pain on the underside of your heel making walking painful, it is normally worse first thing in the morning, it may subside during exercise and come back when you rest. You may also feel pain if you have been sitting for a while and then get up to walk.
If left untreated, it will worsen and the pain will get worse possibly creating a heel spur (calcium deposit on the heel). You may also experience hip, knee and lower back pain/problems as your body compensates for the change in gait.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
See a doctor
Stop all activity
Ice the area
Do NOT ignore it, it will not go away without rest/treatment.
It can take a few months to recover from and you may need surgery, it is important you stop as soon as you feel pain. Your doctor will likely refer you to a physiotherapist for treatment and exercises.