Now that many people are getting out, walking, playing tennis, golfing, and running for exercise during this COVID 19 pandemic, plantar fasciitis is more prevalent than ever. This condition appears as a strain or partial rupture of the strong ligament which runs along the arch from the heel to the toe. It elevates, or supports, the arch. The plantar fascia is a tough, fibrous band composed of three slips. Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common conditions in all athletes as well as those who just walk.
Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs cause pain on the bottom of the heel. In both conditions, symptoms are present after exercise but not necessarily while exercising. In some cases, however, athletes will complain of pain during the actual event. Abnormal pronation and pull on the plantar fascia of the foot during heel contact, midstance, and the toe-off phase of gait aggravate the condition.