Plantar Fasciitis

Welcome to PlantarTreatment.org — a website dedicated to various treatment methods of plantar fasciitis — be it footwear & orthotics, night splints, exercises & stretching, taping or surgery.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

As anyone who has experienced it, plantar fasciitis is a painful condition usually affecting runners, people who are overweight, or any person involved with prolonged periods of weight bearing on the foot / feet.

It is said to affect 2 million Americans a year (reference: Wikipedia), and 10% of the population over time.  That potentially means 44 million people around the world each year!

It is an inflammation, and a painful one at that, of the plantar fascia — the connective tissue running from the heel bone to the sole of the foot.  (Plantar fasciitis can degenerate beyond inflammation, at which point it’s plantar fasciosis, although the two words can be thrown around together.)

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms, Treatments, and Products

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis tends to develop gradually, feels like a sharp, stabbing pain or hot sensation in the heel (usually the center of the heel), and usually presents itself first thing in the morning, when you stand out of bed.  (One of the reasons some people consider a plantar fasciitis night splint for overnight relief and/or treatment.)

Plantar fasciitis can affect just one foot, although possible to occur in both feet at the same time, and can lessen or even disappear after walking for a period of time.  However it can return after resting for a period of time, getting up from a seated position, or by long periods of standing.  Again, resuming activity usually causes the pain to reoccur.  (References: Canoe’s C-Health and Mayo Clinic)

It is important to have plantar fasciitis diagnosed by a doctor, as a ‘self-diagnosis’ may not be sufficient.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

There are various treatments for plantar fasciitis, ranging from orthotics, to specific footwear, to surgery.  Treatments typically fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Plantar Fasciitis Exercises, including stretches
  • Plantar Fasciitis Taping
  • Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis Footwear
  • Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

(Please note — surgery should be taken as a last resort.  Please see our articles on plantar fasciitis surgery for more information before considering this route!)

More information on each area can be found throughout our site by clicking the appropriate link above.

Plantar Fasciitis vs. Heel Spurs

Heel spurs can present along with plantar fasciitis.  Heel spurs (more specifically known as ” calcaneal spurs “, if your doctor has shared that term with you) are a small calcification of the nearby bone.  It may be important to note that plantar fasciitis causes the spur… not the other way around (reference: Wikipedia).

We have various articles regarding heel spurs on PlantarTreatment.org — just click the link for the current list of articles to help you understand more.

Why This Site?

The reason for this site is simple — to provide information and options on plantar fasciitis treatment.  Plantar fasciitis is a painful, and usually treatable, condition with many options available (see above).

By providing various options and information, we hope to get people back on their feet as soon as possible!

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