The plantar fascia under the sole of the foot can be partly torn or strained. This can happen suddenly, but is usually a gradual problem which affects one or both feet. It can happen at any age, but is especially common in middle-aged men.
What you Feel When you Have Plantar Fasciitis
There is a dull or sharp pain under the foot, which either spreads the length of the foot or concentrates in the spot where the plantar fascia joints the calcaneus. If you press it, the painful area feels tender. You feel pain when you go up on your toes and stretch the sole of the foot. In some cases, just putting your foot to the floor causes pain, especially if you have been sitting or lying down for some time. Usually there is no pain when you are at rest with no pressure on your foot.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Stiff-soled shoes are a common cause, alongside altered foot biomechanics. The pain can be caused or influenced by various inflammatory conditions: for instance, in teenage boys it can be a symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Discard any shoes which cause discomfort. Arch supports may help, and you may benefit from custom-fitted supportive orthotics. If the pain is severe, your doctor may offer an injection.