What is Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a prevalent condition in Ireland and all over the world. Plantar fasciitis manifests itself through heel pain and is caused by inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.

Most patients describe Plantar fasciitis as a sudden stabbing pain that most commonly occurs in the morning. Generally speaking, the pain will fade; however, it tends to return if a patient is standing for a long time. Or immediately after standing up after sitting.

The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is not known. However, it's more common in people who run and people who are overweight.


Symptoms of Plantar fasciitis

The most common symptom of this condition is stabbing pain in the foot's heel. This pain usually occurs in the morning when a patient gets out of bed. Other triggers are standing upright for an extended period or standing after a long period of sitting.

Plantar fasciitis gets its name from the plantar fascia—the band of tissue that connects your toes to the base of your foot. The function of the plantar fascia is to support the arch of the foot and to act as a shock absorbent when a person walks.


Who is at risk from plantar fasciitis?

The exact causes of Plantar fasciitis are not entirely known. However, certain conditions may increase the risk of developing this condition.


This condition is most common in individuals aged 40 to 60

Exercise types

Specific exercises have been linked to plantar fasciitis. Long-distance running, aerobic dance and ballet put a lot of stress on the heel of a foot and can contribute to the development of Plantar fasciitis.

Foot Types

Those with flat feet, a high arch or an atypical way of walking are likely to stress their plantar fascia and are at risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

Weight Issues

Individuals medically classed as obese are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.


Individuals whose occupation necessitates spending a lot of time on their feet are at risk of developing plantar fasciitis.


Risks of plantar fasciitis

If ignored, this condition can lead to chronic heel pain. Excessive heel pain will likely change how a person walks. This change may have a detrimental effect on an individual's knees, hips and back. We highly recommend contacting our podiatry clinic if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Our podiatrists can diagnose the condition and develop a treatment plan. Appointments can be made by getting in contact with our Mayo clinic directly.


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