Southern California residents who love running, dancing and other aerobic exercises tend to develop plantar fasciitis more frequently than non-athletes. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis generally include shooting or stabbing heel pain, caused by an inflammation of the thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia that connects your heel bone to your toes. While plantar fasciitis may appear to be nothing more than an inconvenience, if left untreated it can lead to future injuries and pain to the hip, knee and back. Dr. Nadel treats patients with plantar fasciitis in both his Westlake Village, CAand West Hills, CA offices. Treatment plans for plantar fasciitis range from rest, and over the counter pain medication, to surgery.