As a former plantar fasciitis sufferer, yes I did say former, I have learned a cheap fix for this special foot pain. I can sympathize with anyone who dreads those first few painful steps in the morning when you get out of bed. Sometimes it lingers longer than others. And sometimes the pain can rear its ugly head when you have been sitting for a while or any situation that your foot is not warmed up from use. You may have redness and/or swelling over the injured area. Feel for warmth. Check the inside edge of the arch of the foot and the inside back edge of the heel. Use some type of tubular device placed in the center of the arch. This should be about two inches in diameter and padded. Sitting with your knee bent to ninety degrees begin to gently roll your foot over the massage bar. Increase the pressure until you just begin to feel slight discomfort in the affected area. Maintain that pressure and continue to "roll massage" for 5 to 10 minutes. Over-pronation of the feet (fallen arches + rolling inward of the feet and ankles), tight calf muscles, as well as ageing and being overweight are the main causes for the plantar fascia being overly stretched. When you go in to see your podiatrist about the pain in the bottom of your heel, be sure to come prepared to answer questions (and ask questions of your own, of course). Your doctor will probably want to know a history of your symptoms and will perform a physical exam of your foot to check for swelling and redness. He or she may also check for tenderness on the foot to find out where the pain is coming from. You may need to get X-rays to check for other possible sources of your pain (such as stress fractures). Additionally you have to think about the form of the foot, or the system might don't fit the form and dimension of the foot, leading to unpleasant feeling. A number of plantar fasciitis night splint offers the characteristic of dimension adjustment, so you may consider that type of system in attention. In regards on the materials of the plantar fasciitis night splint, many of them are produced from inflexible plastics. There are many causes of plantar fasciitis , and they can bring about the condition rather quickly and seriously. The most common symptoms are pain, trouble walking, trouble standing, and extreme pain during the first couple steps in the morning. When the arch collapses the two outside points of the bow (being the heel and ball of the foot) are being placed farther away from each other. This puts repetitive stress on the Plantar Fascia. The attachment of the fascia into the heel bone is a tiny area of tissue, compared to the wide attachment area to the toes. Therefore, the constant excess pulling on the fascia will do damage to the weakest attachment point. Reducing inflammation in the plantar fascia ligament is an important part of treatment, though this does not address the underlying damage to the ligament. Home Treatments Pain with the first steps of the day can be markedly reduced by stretching the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon before getting out of bed. Night splints can be used to keep the foot in a dorsi-flexed position during sleep to improve calf muscle flexibility and decrease pain on waking. These have many different designs. The type of splint has not been shown to affect outcomes. Medications edit 2)The pain often subsides during the day as you walk around a little, although it may become worse again if you're on your feet a great deal, or if you sit for awhile and then try to stand again.