What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis commonly presents as a gradual onset of pain underneath the heel- often more on the inside, which is often most noticeable when taking the first few steps in the morning. Pain is often also aggravated by activities that involve prolonged weight bearing activity such as standing, walking or running, or after weight bearing after a short period of rest (such as standing after sitting at a desk). Any factor that stretches the plantar fascia can be considered a risk factor for plantar fasciitis, which often relates to the environment and training – such as running on hard surfaces, walking or running with little cushioning (e.g barefoot) and sudden increase in intensity or frequency of training. Biomechanical abnormality and muscular dysfunction can also contribute to the onset of plantar fasciitis.