11/06/2015 12:18 EST | Updated 11/17/2015 12:59 EST

Plantar Fasciitis: 12 Things You Need To Know About Bottom Foot Pain

If you've every found yourself hobbled by pain in your heel that seemed to come out of nowhere, you’ve likely experienced plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tendon band that runs between the toes and heel along the bottom of each of your feet. It doesn’t sound serious, and it’s definitely not life threatening, but it hurts a lot more than you’d expect. And if you don't recognize the symptoms and don't take it easy, it can take a while to clear up or reoccur more regularly.

The good news, though, is there are ways to prevent plantar fasciitis — most easily by getting proper, supportive shoes. Read on to learn the 12 things you need to know about plantar fasciitis, from just what causes it to how to treat it and keep it from coming back again.

Plantar Fasciitis 101