Updated: Feb 4, 2021
Plantar fasciitis is swelling of the thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, at the bottom of your foot that runs from your heel to your toes.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in your heel. It’s usually worse when you take your first steps in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a long time. It tends to feel better with activity but worsens again after you spend a long time on your feet.
You’re at greater risk of plantar fasciitis if you:
- are overweight or diabetic
- have flat feet
- have tight calf muscles/ Achilles tendons
- often wear high-heeled shoes
- spend many hours standing each day
- wear worn-out shoes with thin soles
- have recently taken up a new activity which stresses the foot in a new way
- have returned to sport following injury
- have changed shoes recently
- have had a previous injury to the same leg
- have hormonal changes in the body
- are pregnant or postpartum