Foot pain

Foot pain

Foot pain (plantar fasciitis)

This is pain felt on the inside aspect of the heel. It is usually an overuse injury that causes inflammation of the plantar fascia at its attachment site on the heel.


Plantar fasciitis occurs as a result of stretching and pulling of the plantar fascia from its attachment on the heel bone. Running and dancing are commonly associated with this. It is often an overuse injury.


The pain is typically worse in the morning with the first steps being very tender until the area warms up. Pain is also worse with high impact heavy weight bearing activities. The site of tenderness is localised to the inside aspect of the heel and is usually described as a dull ache. Over time, the inflammation can worsen with activity and the pain can increase.