Normally this is just excessive muscle tension between the heel and the ball of the foot.
The tell-tale sign you have this is that you have difficulty putting your foot down properly without pain when you get up in the morning.
Your GP may tell you that it usually clears up by itself in 6-18 months, they may offer you cortisone injections (these don’t always work and often the effect wears off within a few weeks – not always in some cases it does work).
Alternatively they may send you to a physiotherapist. I have seen clients that have been given stretching exercises and in some cases have been offered orthotics.
Sports Massage does work in my experience.
In most of the cases I have treated the condition has significantly improved with one session and in most cases cleared up within three sessions.
Painful – The treatment is painful but so is the Plantar Fasciitis. A treatment lasts 25-45 minutes depending on whether there are related issues in the calf muscles. Plantar Fasciitis can last months and in extreme cases lead to a heel spur.