Plantar fasciitis occurs often in runners and other athletes. Plantar fasciitis is the most frequent cause of plantar (bottom of the foot) heel pain. For many years pain in this region has been incorrectly termed the "heel spur syndrome". It is better termed the "plantar heel pain syndrome" since a heel spur is not always found at this location. While a "heel spur" sounds ominous often the spur is present and does not cause any pain. The formation of a spur is a sign that too much tension has developed within the plantar fascia, partially tearing from its origin at the calcaneus (heel bone). Exactly what you have is 'planters centers' an uncomfortable inflammatory of the plantar faciel, which is a connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. Whenever you take a step the plantar faciel tears apart producing pain. I suggest going to your physician to verify this. It won't take him long to let you understand what you have. Doctors also recommend the use of certain non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs to control and reduce the inflammation. However, it can have certain side effects on your body's natural mechanism. If you are suffering from chronic, the above mentioned methods may not work for you as effectively as for others. Gout, foot muscle injury, Achilles tendonitis and stiffness of joints due to arthritis can also form the cause. If you are experiencing the unexpected sharp discomfort in foot, due to heel stimulates, then it is a pain you would not want on your worst opponent. Get your doctor's recommendations and treatment as early as possible, if the symptoms are holding you immobile or restricted. About the Author So that this condition does not keep repeating itself and make a comeback over and over once again, what are a few of the points that need to be remembered? Here are a few of things that you must follow. If you suffer from heel spurs but choose to continue running, you might need to invest in some new running shoes to ease pain. Look for running shoes that offer extra cushion and support in the heel area. The shoes should also offer support across the entire foot, and fit correctly in both the toe and heel. Running shoes should also offer extra support in the arch and good stability throughout the shoe. Brands such as New Balance and Brooks offer good running shoes for people with heel spurs. Recovering From Heel Spurs Over time irritation occurs at the heel bone, followed by inflammation and micro-tearing of the plantar fascia tissue. Sometimes swelling is present. If the pulling continues the heel bone will 'respond' and a bony growth will develop on the front of the heel bone. This is referred to as a 'heel spur'. Interestingly, the heel spur itself doesn't cause any pain, but the inflamed tissue around it does. Fortunately, most cases of Plantar Fasciitis can be treated effectively at home. Firstly, you need to refrain from activities that cause pain such as long walks, running, sports and standing for long periods. Rest allows any swelling, inflammation and/or pain to subside. Evidence of this is with thousands of patients we note with back spurring, osteophytes or back spurs found on x-rays in areas that have not had pain in twenty years. You ask them if they had an injury 20 years ago and they can reflect on the exact injury. When you consult the American Podiatric Medical Association, they say that heel spurs are caused by strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot and by stretching of the plantar fascia, which is a fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot.