Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot and helps support the arch of the foot.

The plantar fascia can become inflamed or tear, causing the condition known as plantar fasciitis. Pain can be felt at the heel, or along the arch and the ball of the foot, when you put weight on the foot.

The condition affects people of all ages, both athletes and non-athletes. It can develop in athletes who run a great deal, and in non-athletes who are on their feet for long periods, such as police officers, cashiers, nurses and restaurant servers.

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the heel and bottom of the foot
  • Aching or burning sensation in the bottom of the foot
  • Tightness or tenderness along the arch of the foot
  • Mild swelling or redness
  • Pain that worsens when standing up after sitting for awhile
  • Difficulty with activities such as climbing stairs

A member of Lancaster Orthopedic Group’s foot and ankle team will evaluate your foot and determine the best course of treatment. Conservative treatments include rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication. Orthotics or shoe inserts may help reduce pain and restore your ability to put weight on the foot. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to release the tissue if it becomes too tight.