Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a ligament that runs from the heel to the toes and helps support the arch.
This condition causes pain in the heel and arch area which can be worse first thing in the morning or after a period of inactivity or rest.
The pain comes from over stretching the plantar fascia which causes micro tears and leads to swelling. It can occur suddenly e.g. running or playing sport or from overstretching the arch through excessive pronation (rolling in). Tight Achilles and calf muscles can be a contributing factor as well as being overweight.
A podiatrist can recommend treatments which can include stretching exercises and orthotics to help support the arch and realign the foot to prevent pronation, a shoe with good arch support and a cushioned heel such as trainers. Most importantly resting the foot where possible.