Plantar faciitis is a very common condition, especially in people aged 40–60 years. Studies have shown nearly 1 in 10 people aged over 50 present with plantar heel pain, and the population prevalence of disabling plantar heel pain was 7.9%. Having experienced it myself, this condition can be incredibly painful and have a signifcant impact on everyday life.
The majority of cases will settle with stretches, exercises, massage and painkillers. Very few cases will require further medical treatment. In the stubborn cases of heel pain, it is important to rule out other causes of heel pain, such as stress fractures, nerve compressions, Achilles tendonitis, and bursitis to name a few.
Check out my post on the causes and management options of plantar fasciitis.