Plantar Fasciitis is a common injury especially among runners; it's the medical term of inflammation of the plantar fascia muscle, a long band of muscle that stretches from the heel to the toes due to impact trauma.
The typical symptom is a sharp stabbing pain in the heel that is more pronounced upon waking. I am currently suffering from this pain for about 6 months now and I only recently discovered the cause for it after a session with a physiotherapist.
Personally the best remedy is rest; ultrasound treatment, splints and heel cups do not work as effectively as giving your muscle the time to recover. I find marked reduction in pain in just after a week of not playing badminton and jogging. Also stretching in the morning before stepping to the floor helps to loosen the muscle and reduce the pain. Proper footwear is critical for full recovery. In addition, please DO NOT massage the area that hurts: you're inflicting more trauma on the injured muscle and this will delay your recovery.
I'm looking forward to the day when I no longer feel pain from merely walking. Have you experienced plantar fasciitis and are you undergoing treatment for it? Share your thoughts in the comment box below :)