Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick strong band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. It begins at the calcaneus (heel bone) and spreads out to insert onto the phalanges (toe bones).

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition where inflammation and swelling occur at the point where the fascia attaches to the heel bone (calcaneus).

The inflammation at this site sometimes triggers excessive growth of the bone leading to the formation of a bony spur on the heel.

The swollen fascia may also cause a nerve entrapment syndrome, resulting in pins and needles or reduced sensation over the foot. For this reason, it is important that you tell your doctor about any changes in sensation or strength in your foot.

Plantar Fasciitis is also known as:

  • plantar fasciosis
  • heel spur syndrome
6 August, 2011