Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition where the band of fibrous tissue at the bottom of your foot (called the “plantar fascia”) becomes inflamed. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
The plantar fascia initiates at the heel bone and extends to the ball of the foot. It is responsible for supporting the arch and helps with shock absorption. Repetitive strain to this structure may lead to plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis usually develops gradually over time (although there are exceptions). With proper care and treatment, most cases of plantar fasciitis heal with time. A foot specialist can guide you through the healing process, and provide options for preventing it from recurring in the future.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp or stabbing pain on the underside of the heel with the first few steps taken in the morning as well as with the first steps taken after rest. The pain tends to then subside as you walk around. The pain may also reoccur with prolonged standing or return at the end of the day.
Onset is usually gradual and symptoms tend to build over time. However, on occasion, it can be triggered suddenly by at-risk activities or trauma (i.e.: a misstep or jumping too high).
The plantar fascia is a band of thick connective tissue at the bottom of your foot that supports the arches. It runs between the heel and the toes. When the plantar fascia is overused, it causes microtears that lead to inflammation or degeneration, and pain.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused or contributed to by the following:
Plantar fasciitis treatment may include:
If you have persistent heel pain, schedule a diagnostic assessment with our own licensed Chiropodists (foot specialists), use the booking form below or call 416-769-FEET(3338).
A foot specialist and the knowledgeable staff at our foot clinic can also fit you for orthotics and help you find footwear and supports that are perfectly tailored for your needs and activities.
Our Toronto foot clinic is open Mondays to Fridays from 9am-6pm and Saturdays from 9am-4pm. You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic.
Anyone can get plantar fasciitis; however the following risk factors make a person more vulnerable:
Fortunately, a foot specialist can help you reduce some of these risk factors by finding you footwear and orthopaedic supports that reduce stress on the plantar fascia.
To prevent plantar fasciitis and heel pain, here are various foot care solutions to consider:
Our specially catered selection of shoes at our foot clinic can help prevent plantar fasciitis by ensuring your foot is properly supported during your everyday activities. A chiropodist can also fit you for a custom pair of orthotics that can correct any biomechanical abnormalities that cause excess strain on the plantar fascia.
Our clinic store is open six days a week and offers a large selection of supportive footwear, athletic shoes, and sneakers (see What’s In Store). If you need assistance choosing shoes, drop-in shoe fitting is offered during clinic hours Monday-Friday and is a complimentary service.