What Does Plantar Fasciitis Feel Like? Here’s How to Tell if You Have this Common Complaint

Plantar fasciitis is a common complaint of the foot – and even more common when people get active each spring. It can be a nagging, irritating condition that limits your recreation and day-to-day activity. Here’s how to tell if you’re dealing with PF as well as some simple ways to silence your foot: 

Plantar Fasciitis is:

  • Inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs from your heel across the bottom of your foot.
  • More likely to occur when you’ve started new activity or increased the intensity or frequency of your normal activity.
  • Mild, moderate, or very uncomfortable. It can also be limiting.

Plantar Fasciitis Feels Like:

  • You may feel like your heel is bruised or aching.
  • You may feel pain first thing in the morning when you get out of bed, or when you get up after sitting for awhile.
  • Pain may go away as you get moving, only to return as you stay on your feet.
  • It usually feels better with rest.
  • Although most plantar fasciitis pain is felt in the heel, some feel pain in the arch.

Tips to Treat Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Stretch those calves! Tight calves can cause a lot of problems, so keep yours loose.
  • Freeze a bottle of water and roll your arch for 5-10 minutes, a few times each day.
  • Avoid shoes like flip-flops, which offer no support.
  • Wear shoes with good arch support.
  • If you’re still experiencing pain after home treatment, or if this has become chronic, visit a physical therapist for an assessment. You’ll learn how to help heal your PF and to help prevent a recurrence.

If you’re dealing with this common pain in the foot, the experts at Body One Physical Therapy are ready to help. We’re both locally-owned and operated, with three locations serving Central Indiana: North Indianapolis/Carmel, Fishers, and Zionsville. Plantar fasciitis can make every step misery and you don’t have to walk alone. Call Body One today and get ready to start walking comfortably again!