Inflammation if a layer of fascia (fibrous connective tissue), creating tenderness and pain. It is often the result of injuring or straining the fascia surrounding a muscle and most commonly affects the sole of the foot. Fasciitis can arise in people with ankylosing spondylitis (a rheumatic disorder affecting the spine) or those with Reiter’s syndrome (inflammation of the urethra, arthritis and conjunctivitis).
Treatment of fasciitis includes resting the affected area and protecting it from pressure. A local injection of a corticosteroid drug can be administered. If a fasciitis is part of a widespread disorder of the joints, treatment of this condition can normally improve symptoms.