Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting. Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners. People who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support also have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis.
Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover in several months with conservative treatment, including resting, icing the painful area and stretching. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may ease the pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis. Therapies include physical therapy, night splints, orthotics, and steroid injections. If these conservative treatments fail, patients are faced with surgery to detach the plantar fascia form the heal bone or a single treatment of Orthowave High-energy Shockwave Therapy, the FDA approved non-invasive alternative to surgery.