This is a common condition and potentially the most common condition causing patients to be seen by a podiatrist. This condition refers to an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament which runs from the bottom of the heel to the metatarsal heads in the front of the foot. Pain will typically follow a specific pattern with the onset of pain being at any time the patient begins walking after a period of rest, especially in morning out of bed. Then, with a few minutes of walking, the pain will subside but then will recur after a period of rest. Several problems can result in plantar fasciitis but treatment options vary from anti-inflammatory therapy to stretching and physical therapy to cortisone injections and/or stem cell therapy which has shown to be extremely effective. Long term, a custom insert will be extremely effective in avoiding recurrence. However a thorough evaluation and xrays are needed to make sure the pain is not caused by other problems such as a stress fracture or bone cysts, nerve entrapment and tarsal tunnel syndrome and other problems which can be more serious.