Plantar fasciitis is a common problem that one in 10 people will experience in their lifetime. It is a painful disorder in which the ligament — the fascia — that connects the ball of the foot to the heel becomes inflamed or even torn. Plantar fasciitis has no visual signs, just pain and stiffness in the foot. It can be caused by a number of factors including type of shoes, foot structure, overuse and certain walking surfaces.
Stretches and exercises can help to prevent plantar fasciitis from occurring. Sometimes, supports or insoles are required to alleviate discomfort.