PF - What is it?
Plantar fasciitis (PF) is the most common cause of pain under the foot and the heel. It is mostly associated with long distance runners but the fact is any one can potentially suffer from plantar fasciitis at anytime. (Currently it is estimated that between one and two million people visit the doctor for PF related issues per year. Of those individuals 22% are physically active individuals.)
Poor development of the plantar muscles is the leading cause of PF. Underdeveloped arches, flatfeet and poor footwear choices can create high amounts of tension and cause small tears in the fascia. These reactions will cause the foot to become irritated and inflamed.
If tensions become too great and there is chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia PF will set in and will commonly cause stabbing pains anywhere from your heel to your toes.
The symptoms of PF are usually worse in the mornings when the foot is stiff and "cold." Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it usually returns by the end of the day with a vengeance.