Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

By Andrew Heideman PT/ATC

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis symptoms are painful. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain or pain in the ball of your foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects from your heel bone to your toes. The plantar fascia acts to support the arch of the foot. However, when it becomes inflamed it becomes very painful to put pressure through the arch of the foot and even walk. This is usually worse first thing in the morning.  To learn more about this condition, please go to Plantar Fasciitis Pain.

List of Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

  1. Pain in the bottom of the heel or arch of the foot
  2. Pain with your first step out of bed in the morning
  3. Sharp pain in the bottom of the foot with sports like tennis, basketball, and running
  4. Inflammation or tenderness in the bottom of the heel or arch
  5. Difficulty standing for any period of time on hard surfaces such as cement.
  6. Lack of flexibility of the arch or calf muscles.
  7. Pain in the heel when extending your big toe.


Anatomy of the foot and plantar fascia.

Medical illustration of Plantar Fasciitis.

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

JOI Rehab has many effective treatment options to help alleviate the source of inflammation. JOI utilizes such devices as laser and The Graston Technique in which your JOI clinician is specially trained. Also, the use of orthotics (foot inserts) may be required from a biomechanical standpoint. Other treatments can include the use of night splints to keep the Plantar Fascia on stretch while you sleep. Ice massage with a frozen plastic bottle may also help decrease the inflammation. We at JOI are prepared to help you return to the level of a pain free lifestyle.

Ice Bottle Remedy for Heel Pain

Image of Home Ice remedy for Plantar Fasciitis

If you would like to learn more about Plantar Fasciitis, please watch this VIDEO.

Plantar Fasciitis

  • Overview
  • Symptoms
  • Causes / Causes/Risk Factors
  • Complications
  • Treatment
  • Lifestyle Changes and Home Remedies


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By: Andrew Heideman, PT, ATC

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