The feet are your bodys foundation, and if they ache, it can cause you to hurt all over. While any pain in the feet can slow you down, heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is a common complaint. There is a thick band of connective tissue on the bottom of our feet called the plantar fascia. It runs along the sole from the bottom of the heel bone to the toes, and plantar fasciitis can feel like the arch of the foot is literally tearing. There are many causes of plantar fasciitis, including wearing shoes with poor arch support and being overweight, but arthritis can exacerbate the condition. Fortunately, in most people heel and foot pain can be improved significantly through a home exercise treatment program, according to Judi Bar, yoga program manager at Cleveland Clinics Wellness Institute.Through gentle, effective stretching its possible to overcome the pain of plantar fasciitis and prevent it from recurring, says Bar.