What is the Main Cause of Plantar Fasciitis?

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What is the Main Cause of Plantar Fasciitis?

Have you ever experienced a sharp, stabbing pain in your heel? Does the pain seem worse when you take your first steps of the day? If this is the case, you could be dealing with a condition known as plantar fasciitis. At Cherrywood Foot Care, our team has helped countless patients manage this issue. Our team will determine the cause of this condition and develop a treatment plan to help get you back to living pain-free. 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. This tissue provides your foot with arch support and connects your heel to your toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, causing stabbing pain in your heel. This condition can also limit your ability to walk normally. 

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is in the shape of a bowstring. It absorbs shock as you walk and supports the arch of your foot. If there is too much tension on this bowstring, small tears can occur. While plantar fasciitis can develop seemingly without cause, some factors can increase your risk of developing this condition, including the following:

  • Exercise – Certain activities can place a more significant amount of stress on your heel and its attached tissues. Long-distance running, aerobic dance and ballet dancing can all contribute to the occurrence of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Age – While plantar fasciitis can happen at any age, this condition most commonly occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. 
  • Foot mechanics – Having high arches, flat feet, or an abnormal walking pattern can impact the way your weight is distributed while standing and can place added stress on the plantar fascia. 
  • Occupation – Those who work in a field where they must stand on their feet for long hours can sustain damage to the plantar fascia. 
  • Obesity – Obesity can place more stress on the plantar fascia. 

If you are dealing with this condition, you should not ignore it. Leaving plantar fasciitis untreated can potentially lead to chronic heel pain that hinders your ability to perform your daily activities. Our team is well-versed in treating this condition and can develop a treatment plan to best suit your needs. 

Contact Cherrywood Foot Care

Our team at Cherrywood Foot Care is here to help you with all of your podiatry needs. If you are dealing with intense heel pain, you should not hesitate to seek help from our team. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.