Plantar fasciitis is the most common musculoskeletal condition of the foot. It is characterized by heel or arch pain, especially upon getting up in the morning from bed or out of a chair, or it may worsen as one walks over the course of the day. The pain is caused by the pulling of the ligament on the bottom of the foot. This may cause the heel bone to develop a spur to protect itself, but the spur is not the cause of the pain. Treatment includes rigid orthotic support, icing, anti-inflammatories, stretching. More advanced therapies may also be utilized, but the condition rarely needs surgery. For more information, please click this link. To learn about podiatric vs. orthopedic treatment for plantar fasciitis, please click here.