Plantar fasciitis seems like a pretty straightforward condition, right? If “-itis” means inflammation, plantar fasciitis would then translate to inflammation of the plantar fascia. Getting rid of the inflammation should also get rid of the pain on the bottom of the foot. However, it’s not so simple and in fact, recent research has shown the pain isn’t from an inflammatory process.
Rather, the pain is from a breakdown (degenerative process) of the plantar fascia over time with an abnormal healing response to regenerate “normal” tissue. But what causes this breakdown?