Plantar fasciitis is a condition that is caused when the plantar fascia, or the tissue that connects the base of the toes to the heel, becomes inflamed. It can result in pain in the heel of the foot, arch pain and difficulty walking.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly caused by overuse or overtraining. Runners who add too much mileage too quickly, for instance, or athletes who return to a strenuous course of exercise too quickly after time away, are at risk for plantar fasciitis if they aren't careful.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis may include conservative measures like anti-inflammatory medications, applying ice to the area, stretching, physical therapy and orthotics. In some, more severe cases, we often recommend non-surgical extracorporeal shock wave therapy.