This condition occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The strong band is designed to absorb the stress placed on the feet during every day activities, however, excessive pressure causes damage. Risk factors include obesity, a high arch, repetitive impact activity such as running, and engaging in a new strenuous activity. Common symptoms are pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel and a greater level of pain following activity.
Physical therapy treatment will work on stretching tight calf muscles and the plantar region as well as strengthen the foot overall.