Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition that affects a majority of the population. Conservative management of this condition works well if done in combination with orthotics, fascia stripping and ice. Remember that you should treat this condition as soon as possible. Living with pain is not a sensible option, and delaying treatment will likely result in increased, prolonged and recurring pain. Surya Namaskar) offer an ancient self-contained method for working with the plantar fascia and its myofascial connections to maintain a healthy foot arch. For many more tips and cues like this, check out the Yoga Mat Companion book series and The Key Muscles and Key Poses of Yoga. Plantar fasciitis is the most commonly occurring heel pain seen in runners, obese people and pregnant women. The thick band of tissues in the bottom of your feet get inflamed, causing pain. The heel pain is usually felt on the inside of the heel. The pain is also felt along the arch of the feet and along the border of the heel. You feel a stabbing pain, especially, in the morning as the plantar fascia tightens up. The pain reduces as the tissues stretch, but it may worsen if you stand, walk or run. This condition is seen in athletes, dancers and jumpers. Plantar fasciitis is common in athletes, those who stand for long periods of time at their job such as waitresses and factory workers, and people with high arches or those who are flat footed. It is more common in women than men and is more likely to occur after age forty. Obesity and shoes with poor support or high heels can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a tough, fibrous band of connective tissue that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. It plays an vital part in the way the foot is intended to operate whilst walking and running. Physical therapy is another effective treatment for plantar fascia tear. Here, ultrasound vibrations and muscular stimulation are used to relax the taut injury site. Some gentle stretching exercises are good for easing off the tension from the soft tissues of the foot area and ensure faster healing of the torn ligament. It will also add strength and flexibility to the muscles and joints. It is advisable that these exercises are carried out under the supervision of experts to avoid any new injuries. Again, I am not a doctor of any type of fitness professional. This is just what I have found works for me so I thought I would share. Plantar fasciitis night splints are a great heal pain treatment option to prevent morning foot pain, which is one of the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis. The splints keep the plantar fascia stretched throughout the night, and prevent contraction. It is the sudden stretching after the first few steps are taken which causes the pain, and the plantar fasciitis splint will prevent this keeping the plantar fascia stretched and ready for action. Plantar fasciitis surgery is reserved for only the most severe cases, and usually only when heel spurs are present which are preventing other methods of plantar fasciitis treatment from working.