What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common and often debilitating condition that affects the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. This condition typically manifests as a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel or along the arch of the foot, especially noticeable with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. The pain can gradually decrease with movement but may return after extended periods of standing or walking if it goes untreated.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The primary cause of plantar fasciitis is repetitive strain on the plantar fascia, which can result from various factors. Overuse, particularly in athletes and individuals who engage in activities that involve a lot of running or standing, can lead to small tears in the fascia. Structural issues, such as flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal walking pattern, can also contribute to increased stress on the plantar fascia. Additionally, wearing unsupportive footwear, obesity, and age-related changes can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.


Symptoms of plantar fasciitis extend beyond heel pain and can significantly impact daily activities. The pain is often described as worse in the mornings or after long periods of rest, due to the tightening of the plantar fascia during sleep or inactivity. Swelling, redness, and stiffness in the heel area are common accompanying symptoms. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial in managing plantar fasciitis effectively, and a variety of treatment options are available, including physical therapy, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and in severe cases, medical interventions like corticosteroid injections or surgery. Understanding the causes and recognizing the symptoms early can help in managing this condition and maintaining an active, pain-free lifestyle.

At PhysioHealth PT, we specialize in providing comprehensive care for individuals suffering from plantar fasciitis. Our team uses evidence-based techniques to diagnose and treat your condition effectively. From personalized stretching and strengthening exercises to advanced therapies like Graston Technique and functional dry needling, we offer a wide range of treatments designed to alleviate pain and promote healing. Let us guide you through your recovery journey, ensuring you regain your mobility and return to your favorite activities pain-free. Give us a call today at (781) 859-4189 or request an appointment online to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward a healthier, more active life.