The plantar fascia is the ligament like stricture that holds the arch of the foot together. The plantar fascia extends from the heel to the base of the toes. Due to this anatomical location of the plantar fascia, as the toes dorsiflex it elevates the arch as part of the foot windlass mechanism. There are a number of dysfunctions of the plantar fascia and this windlass mechanism that can lead to a range of pathologies. Plantar fasciitis is the most common and well known of the problems with the plantar fascia. The metatarsophalangeal joints also need a range of dorsiflexion if the plantar fascia is to function properly.