So you think you have Plantar Fasciitis? Well here’s how you can make sure.

Who Plantar Affects?

Plantar fasciitis can affect anyone, but it is most commonly found in runners, individuals wearing non-supportive footwear, and those who are overweight. Symptoms ordinarily develop gradually and can affect one or both feet. Furthermore, rapid weight gain can accelerate the onset of plantar fasciitis symptoms. The diagnosis is more common in older females between the ages of 40 and 60 and in those with flat-feet or abnormal walking styles.

Common symptoms indicative of plantar fasciitis


Here are some common symptoms.

The Pain is Located Mostly in the Heel Area
Plantar fasciitis is a type of foot pain that primarily affects the heel. The tissue connecting the heel of a foot to the toes is known as the plantar fascia and it supports the arch of the foot. Repeated stretching and tearing of this tissue can cause it to tear which leads to inflammation of the plantar fascia.

Your Heel Hurts When You First Stand After Sleeping or When Sitting for Long Periods

A primary plantar fasciitis symptom is pain in the heel when first standing after sleeping or sitting for an extended period of time. The pain is usually a sharp pain in the morning, followed by a lessening of the pain as the tissues are loosened throughout the day, and then a return of a generalized dull aching at bedtime.

Walking hurts Your Heel

If you have PF, your heel will often give sharp spiking pain when you walk, especially if you walk for longer periods of time. The same applies to other activities where you are putting pressure on your heel, such as running or sports.

Your Heel Hurts at Night

Pain in the heel at night is most likely indicative of another problem as the foot pain lessens a little after walking. In the case of runners, the pain associated with plantar fasciitis will lessen or go away during the exercise but likely will return upon cessation of the activity.

Standing for Extended Periods of time Hurts Your Heel

Additionally, standing for an extended period of time or climbing stairs will aggravate the pain felt in the foot which can be relieved by resting or stretching the tissues surrounding the heel. Swelling and tenderness upon physical examination of the heel indicates plantar fasciitis and x-rays can confirm this diagnosis.

Possible Treatments

Normally, symptoms can be treated with short-term therapies and it is uncommon to require surgery to treat the pain.

  • Rest: Rest is the primary, immediate solution Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ice It: For immediate pain relief, consider icing it.
  • Stretching: helps to prevent pain before walking and can help relief some pain. You must stretch the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and calf muscles in the leg. See our post on stretches for plantar fasciitis.
  • Avoid Exercise that aggravates the condition: If exercises such as running, dancing or other high-impact activities are worsening the plantar fasciitis symptoms then it may be appropriate to seek out no or low-impact exercises such as swimming and walking to help heal the condition.
  • Wear the right shoes for plantar fasciitis or some sort of heel supporting inserts in your shoes

For more treatments, look at our Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Guide.