4 Signs You Might Have Plantar Fasciitis

4 Signs You Might Have Plantar Fasciitis

December 08, 2017

One in 10 Americans will experience plantar fasciitis in their lifetime. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone with the toes. Even though it’s a fairly common foot ailment, the good news is it is self-treatable with rest, proper shoe inserts, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatories, and/or foot braces.

Wondering if the heel pain you’re experiencing may indeed be plantar fasciitis? Here are four things to look for.

Early Morning Pain

A very common sign of plantar fasciitis is heel pain as soon as you get out of bed in the morning. The pain can be sharp, throbbing, or just aching. Pain in your foot, first thing in the morning is such a hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis that it’s actually called “first-step pain.” This “first-step pain” isn’t relegated to just the early morning hours. Pain in your heel can happen after you start moving again after long periods of inactivity such as sitting through a movie, or sitting at your desk for several hours.


Pain After Prolonged Activity

Plantar fasciitis can also present itself after long periods of activity such as standing, walking, running, or intense exercise. Most of the time the pain won’t make itself known until after the activity. However, if the tears in the plantar fascia ligament are worse than normal, the pain can occur during the activity.



Along with sharp pain that may occur from your heel to your toes, you could experience tenderness or swelling along that same area. The tenderness, is most commonly felt toward the heel area. Another sign of plantar fasciitis is when that tender area is warm to the touch as well.


Pain After Climbing Stairs

If you experience pain along the whole bottom of your foot when climbing stairs, you may also be looking at plantar fasciitis. It isn’t just climbing stairs that can result in this pain however. Walking or running up and down hills, wearing high heels, or prolonged running/walking on your toes can also make the condition apparent. That’s because those actions and motions are causing the foot to flex in such a way that it is purposefully pulling the plantar tendon, causing increased stress. 

If you think you have plantar fasciitis, you can always confirm the diagnosis with your doctor. As mentioned earlier, this is a condition you can treat on your own. One of the most common home remedies is to purchase a foot brace that will give your foot the support it needs. If you’re looking for an unobtrusive brace that can provide that type of support, The X Brace is a good solution to consider. 

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