The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel bone. It is the location of a popular condition among runners known as plantar fasciitis—which feels like having a red-hot knitting needle lodged in the sole of your foot.
Apparently, there is some debate about whether the plantar fascia is a true fascia (tissue that covers or surrounds muscle or other tissue). Some say there is a case for it to be classed as an aponeurosis (a flat fibrous membrane that binds muscles or connects muscles to bone).
Not only that, it is possible that the pain of plantar fasciitis is due to micro tears (better described by the suffix ‘osis’), rather than inflammation (‘itis’).
Which means plantar fasciitis is actually plantar aponeurosiosis? Catchy.
Regardless of what it is, plantar fasciitis is a frikkin' pain. Recommended cures for plantar frikkinitis include exercises to strengthen calf muscles, ice, heat, arch supports in shoes and massage.
In extreme cases, doctors may suggest surgery to detach the plantar fascia from the heel, thereby alleviating the pressure on it. Surgery is expensive. To keep costs down, consider having the soles of your feet gnawed off by ravenous pigs.
This is relevant to me, because I have plantar fasciitis at the moment.
I don't like it.