f you are experiencing a sharp pain in your heel that is worse first thing in the morning or after you have been sitting for awhile, there may be a simple explanation: plantar fasciitis. This common condition, which can be developed a number of ways, is uncomfortable, but it is treatable.

The following is a quick guide to the condition, including steps you can take to relieve the pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel bone. According to Mayo Clinic, the condition is one of the most common causes of heel pain.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reported that common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain when walking after periods of inactivity – such as sleeping or riding in a car – that lessens after several minutes of walking.
  • Increased pain that occurs following periods of activity or exercise.
  • Pain that is located near the heel on the bottom of the foot.

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