The thick fibrous band under the foot in the arch is called the “Plantar Fascia.” It tethers the heel to the ball of the foot. Although not typically a serious injury, it will cause pain upon arising from bed or a chair, and can limit athletic and everyday activity. It is probably the most common condition Podiatrist’s treat, so it is very common. Usually increasing ambulation or athletic activity, increasing body weight, or wearing unsupportive shoes are the major culprits to aggravating this diagnosis. Swift and conservative but aggressive treatment is imperative as lingering untreated heel pain may lead to a chronically thickened and scarred fasica band which can even result in a small tear. When the activity continues without treatment it can take a long time to completely heal.