Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue at the bottom of the foot called plantar fascia. A pain localized at the heel of the foot characterizes this medical condition. The pain is felt and is worse during the first few steps in the morning after waking up and subsides gradually, comes back again and becomes worse when standing for long periods of time. This is most common among middle-aged men and women but is more occurring in women than men but can be found in all groups of ages. Dec 15, 2010 By JacobS Photo Caption Plantar fasciitis affects the connective tissue in the foot. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images It sort of helped but not really. My foot was still tender when I walked, stood or sat for too long. Basically, it still hurt all the time. I started to accept the fact that I was going to have to live with a certain level of pain. In other words, I have plantar fasciitis which might also have to do with having tight calves and hamstrings – which are muscles further up the line from my foot/heel but that have a direct impact on the pain I’m experiencing in my foot. Getting a foot pedicure can help you foot feel a little better but it can also help it look better. You can use a pumice stone to remove dead skin and then soak them in warm water with epsom salts. After soaking your feet then put some peppermint lotion on them. This will help to make tired feet feel better. Going barefoot is actually good for your feet. Do it as much as you can even outside but be careful where you walk so that you aren't stepping on anything sharp like glass or metal that may cut your feet. Other terms for over-pronation are ‘fallen arches’, ‘dropped arches’ or ‘collapsed arches’. The term ‘flat feet’ is also often used. However, a true 'flat foot' is very rare. In fact, less than 5% of the population have completely flat feet (Pes Planus) with no arch present whatsoever. Most of us (90%) have a normal to low arch and only 5% have a high arch. People with a high arch (Pes Cavus) are also called ‘over-supinators’. This means that the foot stays rigid at all times and lacks its natural shock-absorbing mechanism. Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation that represents 8 percent to 10 percent of all injuries for sports clinics, according to Coachr.org. It's also the fourth most common injury to the lower limbs. Pain affects the foot's ability to move and ultimately limits your capacity to participate in all types of physical activity. Plantar fasciitis is usually found in only one foot. Bilateral plantar fasciitis, on the other hand, is probably the result of a systemic arthritic condition. Treatment can lead to more severe conditions such as plantar fascitis. This often crippling pain in the heel area of the foot can be treated in a operating room as an outpatient. All patients were fitted with an inflatable walking Aircast fracture boot, worn for 2 weeks. They were started on eccentric home exercises and allowed to return to normal activities as tolerated and without support. Patients were given a home eccentric exercise and stretching program and were not permitted to use nonsteroidal medications during the first 2 weeks after treatment. Heel pain is a common problem that many podiatrists see daily in their busy practices. As foot and ankle physicians, we treat this malady quite frequently with a variety of treatment methods. Before we concern ourselves with the actual treatment plans, let us understand a little background information about this condition. It has taken many years for the breakdown of your hyaluronic acid and slowly declining collagen and elastin levels to get your skin to the point it is at now. There is no healthy solution that is going to give you immediate satisfaction when it comes to reducing your wrinkles. This is because you basically have to start from scratch where your collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are concerned. Plantar fasciitis is when the thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot - the plantar fascia - becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes and it forms the arch of the foot. The final thing we'll touch on in this article is shoes. Good shoes are a necessity if you're serious about getting rid of your plantar fasciitis. You don't need to get shoes specifically designed for this condition, mind you. It is important that you get shoes with good mid sole support, though. This will help your feet stay in a naturally arched position, serving to treat and prevent plantar fasciitis. One disturbing fact about plantar fasciitis is that it sometimes takes many months to resolve. Indeed, it takes approximately 6 months for 75% of people to recover from this problem. 98% of people seem to be better at 12 months.