Ouch! You just got out of bed, took a step and wham, you have foot pain. When you walk a little more, the pain subsides. You may be suffering from plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is on the sole of the foot, between the base of the toes and the heel. This layer of fibrous tissue lies beneath the skin, on the sole of the foot. It is also known as the plantar aponeurosis.
The plantar fascia has many functions. It provides shock absorption each time you take a step, reducing wear and tear on your legs and spine. The plantar fascia helps the foot to make many subtle mechanical changes during stance and gait.