Have you ever stood up and felt a sharp stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot? This is a classic indication of plantar fasciitis. It is caused by inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of the foot which attaches to the heel. This can sometimes even cause the development of a heel spur.
Generally, plantar fasciitis causes pain with the first steps of the day which then lets up after further activity, but will return after prolonged standing or walking. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by poorly fitting shoes, misalignment of the heels, flat feet, and more. It is treated by taking the pressure off the plantar fascia with custom-made orthotics. Once properly supported, the inflammation decreases.
While orthotics are used to treat many conditions relating to the back, knees, and others, they are the most effective treatment for plantar fasciitis.