Intro: The planta fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot. Irritation occurs due to overuse, tightness of the fascia and calf/Achilles, or being overweight.
Symptoms: Heel pain especially when first putting weight, which may getter after walking more.
Treatment: Ice, physical therapy to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, and medication. Use of orthotics or use of a night splint at night may help promote stretching of the fascia. A steroid injection for pain relief or regenerative treatment such as plasma rich platelet (PRP) injection to promote healing is sometimes considered. In refractory cases, surgeries such a release of the fascia (fasciotomy) may be considered.