What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Heel spur syndrome is a bony overgrowth on the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome affect women more than men. They can cause the bottom of the heel and arch to become painful.


  • Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome are the most common causes of plantar heel pain.

  • 73% of patients with heel pain are diagnosed with either plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome.

  • 15% of patients who see a podiatrist complain of heel pain.

  • 90% of those who suffer from plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome respond to non-surgical care.

  • 83.5% of the patients with plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome pain with first steps in the morning.

  • Plantar fasciitis can occur with or without a heel spur present.

florida podiatrist treats plantar fasciitis


  • Stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot

  • Muscle imbalance

  • Bone deformity

  • Obesity

  • Trauma

  • Tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg

What Can You Do?

  • Warm up and stretch properly before exercise.

  • Wear appropriate shoe gear.

  • RICE – rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

What Might The Podiatrist Do?

  • Perform a physical examination.

  • Perform x-ray evaluation.

  • Recommend taping.

  • Prescribe orthotic devices.

  • Prescribe appropriate medication.

  • Administer injections.

  • Perform surgery if necessary.