Plantar fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot, particularly when taking the first steps of the day or after a period of rest. Pain is also experienced when bending the foot and toes up to the shin . Although the causes have not been definitively established, the commonly recognized risk factors are spending prolonged periods standing, exercise and being overweight. The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous connective tissue that extends across the bottom of the foot. Recent studies have concluded that plantar fasciitis is actually a noninflammatory structural breakdown of the plantar fascia and is not actually due to inflammation. The structural breakdown is believed to be the result of repetitive microtrauma (small tears). The supports below will relieve the pain of the condition and permit healing but care should be taken to consult with a doctor before making a choice.