Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia that extends from the heel bone to the ball of the foot is inflamed. It is a painful condition that affects at least 10% of people in a lifetime (Riddle et al, 2003) which means that one in ten people will suffer from it. Sufferers of plantar fasciitis experience pain after resting, specifically after putting weight on it first thing after getting out of bed. The pain is reduced temporarily after walking, but it can also begin when starting to walk or run. Heel pain is common among athletes (runners) and dancers in addition to people with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia or obesity problems.
Alleviating pain is the first step to reducing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis as well as relieving stress on the heel. To do this, the patient must avoid walking barefoot and jogging. Exercise involving the calf muscles also help healing. Home remedies are particularly helpful such as adhesive strapping, arch-supporting wraps, ice massage, orthotics and splinting. Further information on how to decrease pain and help heal plantar fasciitis rapidly are contained in this article.