Plantar Fasciitis :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

  • The plantar fascia is a broad band of tissue located on the bottom of the foot.
  • Plantar fasciitis occurs when that tissue becomes painful and irritated.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

  • Overuse
  • Tightness in the bottom of the foot or back of the heel
  • Athletic shoes that are too old or not supportive enough

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain, anywhere from the bottom of the heel down into the arch
  • This pain is usually worse during the first few steps following a period of rest – for example, walking after you have been sitting or lying down for a while, or when getting out of bed in the morning.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Rest from activities that cause pain
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes as often as once per hour
  • Stretch the bottom of the foot, toes, and Achilles’ tendon
  • Wear shoes with good arch supports to take the tension off of that area

When should I see a medical professional?

  • Pain and swelling do not improve with rest and ice
  • Pain that is getting worse
  • If you’re unable to put weight on the foot
  • If you’re unsure about how severe the condition is
 

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