The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of your toes. The plantar fascial band (comprised of three slips) supports the arch of the foot and functions as a shock absorber. In cases of repeated stretching, such as long periods of work-related weight-bearing, the fascial band becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes pain, usually centered on the bottom of the heel. Pain is most severe with the first few steps after long periods of inactivity (sleeping/sitting). Around 90% of patients with plantar fasciitis can be treated conservatively, which usually entails the use of supportive shoes, orthotics, medications and sometimes an injection. Rarely does someone require surgery for plantar fasciitis, however, if needed can be performed through a minimally invasive approach to ensure a quick recovery.