Do you have Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation cause by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot. This attaches at the bottom of the heel bone and extends to the toes. When it is stretched excessively stretched it can cause heel pain, arch pain and heel spurs.
The excessive stretching leads to inflammation and discomfort. Over pronation which results in the arch collapsing (flat foot) is a major cause of the pain you will experience. The pain is caused by the plantar fascia being stretched away from the heel bone. The pain you may experience will be on the bottom of your foot to the inside where the heel and arch meet. This is normally worse first thing in the morning or after a long resting period as the plantar fascia will contract back to its original shape. Usually with normal daily activity the pain may subside.
To alleviate this problem, stretching exercises are usually very effective. Wearing shoes that have a cushioned heel to absorb the shock experienced during heel strike, everytime your heel strikes the ground the plantar fascia is stretched.