This is best described as an overuse syndrome. It is characterised by localised inflammation of the plantar fascia extending from the heel to the forefoot.
Symptoms: sore feet when getting out of bed or following a rest period. May feel like throbbing, searing or piercing pain. The bottom of the foot may appear to be swollen.
Treatment options: taping of the plantar fascia may help reduce pain on a temporary basis.
Dry needling may help relieve pain symptoms.
Orthotics may be required to support the foot and provide comfort during the rehabilitation period. Exercises will be prescribed to treat the cause of the problem.
See your podiatrist for assessment, treatment and management of plantar fasciitis.