Let's get one thing straight: the correct term is fasciOSIS, not ITIS. Plantar fasciosis is a more accurate name for this condition because it involves degeneration—microtears, cell death—of your plantar fascia, not inflammation. "ITIS" refers to primarily an inflammatory condition (bursitis, appendicitis, etc.) but that is not what is happening with your plantar fascia with this condition. What is plantar fascia, you ask? Gosh, thanks for the inquiry.
The plantar fascia of your foot is a broad, flat ligament that spans from your heel bone (calcaneus) to your toe bones (metatarsals).
(What's the deal, this image has a bunion, too!??!)
This image is helpful because you can see the opposing forces of the
Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia on the heel bone. Foam roll your calves, people!
Lots of 'em. Most common causes are:
Heel pain and arch pain are the most common symptoms. I will also hear that the first few steps in the morning are incredibly painful at the heel and then the pain lessens as the tissues warm up. This can be a dangerous cycle because people believe that all they need to do is warm up and then resume their normal activities. However, just because the pain decreases does not mean that the tissue is healed and the problem is gone. That brings us to...
Next up - sprained ankles!
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