Plantar fasciitis usually develops gradually. You may have heel pain only when
you take your first steps after getting out of bed or after sitting for a long
period of time. If you do not rest your feet, the pain will get worse. Other
things, such as the repetitive stress of walking, standing, running, or
jumping, will add to the injury,
inflammation, and pain. The injured ligament may never
heal completely if you are not able to stop the activity or change the
condition that caused it.
You may change the way you walk to relieve the pain. This
eventually may lead to more discomfort and pain and other problems with your
foot, leg, hip, or back. Daily activities or sports may become even more
You eventually may have pain with any weight-bearing
activity. Running and jumping may no longer be possible.
heel spur may form as a result of continued stress as
the plantar fascia pulls on the heel bone. (By itself, a heel spur does not
cause plantar fasciitis and does not usually cause problems. And you can have
plantar fasciitis and not have a heel spur.)
If the condition is not treated, plantar fasciitis can
cause constant heel pain when you stand or walk.