The COMPLETE guide
Plantar Fasciitis is a very common cause of foot pain in people from all walks of life and pops up increasingly as we get older. It is commonly felt as a stabbing, sharp pain in the heel of one foot, and is particularly bad first thing in the morning after sleep, and can be bad after exercise or sitting for a long period. It can be horribly painful and upsetting.
There isn't a single known cause, but factors that are thought to contribute include flat feet / overpronation, tight achilles tendons, being overweight and lots of running/standing on hard surfaces. That said, of course, there are plenty of people with Plantar Fasciitis who don't fall into any of these categories. This website aims to provide a some information about the condition and, hopefully, some helpful advice on living with it.
This website has been created by a small group of PF sufferers who want to share easy-to-find information and links to useful products and sources of help.
I've suffered from chronic Plantar Fasciitis for many years - I am now in my mid 40s and have had it since my mid 30s. I'm athletic and not overweight, but I have quite badly overpronating (flat) feet. The severity of the pain has varied over the years and I've had just about every physio and GP I've met have a look. I've tried a huge number of approaches to managing and soothing the pain and have found some work well for me, and some work well for my friends in the PF community. When I was first diagnosed, 10 years ago, I was told that with a bit of stretching and physiotherapy it would be gone within six months - well, it's still here!
In the early days I had numerous x-rays and physio referrals - these days I've come to realise it's a condition that can be managed and like most aspects of getting older, just one of those things to get on and deal with. I hope whether PF is new to you or has been bothering you for years, this website gives some useful pointers and helps you to feel that you're not alone in dealing with the pain of PF. Painful feet affect every part of your life, and painful feet when you first get out of bed in the morning don't exactly set you up for a great start!