The Plantar Fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. Its job is to help maintain the arch of your foot and thus foot stability. Plantar Fasciitis is pain on the inside aspect of your heel. It is an overuse injury that causes inflammation of the plantar fascia near its attachment to the heel.

Sharp heel pain is usually noticed first thing in the morning, with the first few steps when you get out of bed, until it warms up and stretches out.

It is important to have this condition assessed by your local physio, who will look at the contributing factors, which can include flat feet, poor shoes and tight calf muscles. You may be referred to a podiatrist for further assessment too. In most cases, this stubborn condition can be successfully treated with sensible treatment and a good home exercise program.