The plantar fascia is a broad connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot. It helps stabilise and connect your heel bone with your toes. When this structure becomes irritated/inflamed it can generate pain around the heel. The pain is usually aggregated when you place your heel on the ground; particularly first thing in the morning. Sometimes the pain is also felt when you bend your foot and toes up towards the shin.
Diagnosis by ultrasound will confirm the presence of an enlarged plantar fascia. If the the tissue has significant inflammation then injection therapy is an appropriate consideration as part of your treatment.
By decreasing the inflammation within the tissue and then following the exercises, this condition can be effectively managed.
Footwear to cushion and ground impact is also essential as too is weight management. With an impact force of up to ten times your body weight whenever your jump or quickly step down, for a long term solution all measures that decrease the mechanical strain on the connective tissue need to be put in place.