Definition: Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia - the thick ligamentous connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. The pain is usually felt on the bottom of the foot near the heel and is worst when getting out of bed first thing in the morning or after sitting for a length of time.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by too much pressure or trauma to the bottom of the foot - often resulting from wearing old "dead" shoes or a weight gain. Recovery takes several weeks, aided by icing and taping of the foot, stretches and anti-inflammatory medication.
Causes and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Pronunciation: plan-tar fa-seye-tis
Also Known As: Plantar fascitis, heel spur
Common Misspellings: planters fascitis, planter fashitis, plantars fasitis facitis fasciatis
Examples: My plantar fasciitis has kept me from walking 10K for the past month.