Inflammation of the tissue or tendons at the bottom of your feet can be painful. From stabbing heel pain, to an aching arch, the discomfort could be an indication of plantar fasciitis or tendon inflammation.
Each year, about 2 million people are treated for plantar fasciitis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. During a visit to your orthopedics office, your doctor will determine whether the pain is caused by plantar fasciitis—inflammation of the fascia tissue stretched from heel to toe— or tendonitis, inflammation of the tendons that run along the bottom of the foot. Foot pain can be debilitating no matter the diagnosis. For some, the pain is severe enough to limit everyday activities.