Plantar fasciitis. Most describe the pain as a stabbing sensation in the heel of the foot. Sometimes that pain radiates up through the arch of the foot and is typically described as being worse in the mornings.
Statistics from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons are that In the United States alone, 2 million people are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis each year, and approximately 10% of the population will be diagnosed in their lifetimes. That means if you’ve never had it, you probably know someone who has.
Usually, patients between the ages of 40-60 experience plantar fasciitis most frequently; however, younger people who are active dancers, long-distance runners or gymnasts can also occasionally suffer with it, too.
The bad news is that the plantar fascia muscle, a thick fibrous band that runs along the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes, is a must have. There’s no “cutting it out.”
The reason plantar fasciitis hurts so badly is that it is the inflammation of that thick plantar fascia muscle band. Everyone knows inflammation – of any kind – can be very painful.