The plantar fasciitis is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. It helps support the arch of your foot and acts as a shock absorber when you walk. A plantar fascia rupture is a tear in this band of tissue. It can be a partial or complete tear. A plantar fascia rupture is a serious injury that usually requires surgery to repair.

What is Plantar Fascia?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, from your heel to your toes. It provides support for the arch of your foot and helps you to walk and stand correctly. Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the plantar fascia becomes swollen and irritated. This can cause pain in the heel and arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is usually caused by overuse or injury to the foot. Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes rest, ice, and stretching exercises. If these treatments do not help, you may need to see a doctor for further treatment.

How does Plantar Fascia Rupture?

Plantar fascia rupture is a painful condition that can occur when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes overstretched or torn. This can happen due to overuse, such as from prolonged standing or running, or from sudden trauma, such as from a fall. Plantar fascia rupture typically causes sharp pain in the heel or arch of the foot that may worsen with weight bearing activities.

Treatment for plantar fascia rupture typically involves rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. In more severe cases, orthotic devices or corticosteroid injections may be necessary. Surgery is generally only recommended for those who do not respond to nonsurgical treatment options.

Symptoms of Plantar Fascia Rupture

When the plantar fascia ruptures, there is usually a sudden sharp pain in the heel or arch of the foot. The pain is often most severe when stepping out of bed in the morning or after a period of rest. It may also be quite painful to walk barefoot on hard surfaces. There may also be swelling and bruising around the heel.

Treatment for Plantar Fascia Rupture

There are a few different ways that people treat plantar fascia rupture. Some people might just let it heal on its own, and some might use support devices or do physical therapy. If the rupture is severe, you might need surgery to repair the damage.

If you let the plantar fascia rupture heal on its own, it will probably take about six weeks for the tissue to repair itself. During this time, you should avoid putting weight on your foot as much as possible to prevent further damage. You might also want to icing your foot and taking over-the-counter pain medication to help with the pain and swelling.

If you use support devices, they can help take some of the pressure off of your foot so that the plantar fascia can heal properly. A common device is a boot that you wear for a few weeks. Physical therapy can also be helpful in treating plantar fascia rupture. Your therapist will likely give you exercises to stretch and strengthen your foot muscles and Achilles tendon.

If your plantar fascia rupture is severe, you may need surgery to repair it. The surgery involves making an incision in your foot and then stitching the plantar fascia back together. After surgery, you will likely need to wear a boot for several weeks and do physical therapy exercises to help regain strength and flexibility in your foot.

Prevention of Plantar Fascia Rupture

Prevention of plantar fascia rupture can be achieved through a variety of methods. First, it is important to maintain good foot and ankle flexibility. This can be done through stretching exercises, massage, and the use of devices such as night splints. Second, it is important to wear shoes that provide good support and cushioning for the feet.

This includes both shoes for everyday activities and shoes for specific sports or activities that put extra strain on the feet. Third, it is important to warm up properly before any activity that may put strain on the feet, such as running or playing tennis. Finally, it is important to listen to your body and rest when you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet.


Plantar fascia rupture is a condition that can cause heel pain. It occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, becomes torn. Plantar fascia rupture is most common in middle-aged adults who are active. Treatment typically involves wearing a boot or splint and taking pain relievers. Surgery is occasionally necessary to repair the tear.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and the expert podiatrists at Bayshore Podiatry can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Tampa, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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