Description of Condition
The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous tissue on the bottom of the foot which protects sensitive structures such as nerves, vessels, muscles and tendons and is also responsible for maintaining the arch of the foot. When the plantar fascia becomes aggravated or inflamed, plantar fasciitis develops. In many cases, plantar fasciitis is called “heel spur syndrome.” Many people think that heel spurs are the cause of their foot pain, but the pain is actually caused by the inflammation or irritation of the plantar fascia. If untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to a heel spur.