Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of ligament connecting your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. It can sometimes be strained causing your heel or the bottom of your foot to become painful when you stand or walk.
People with plantar fasciitis usually have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps, but your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time.
Though more common in older adults, it also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot.
Repeated strain on the plantar fascia ligament can cause tiny tears leading to pain and swelling. Some common causes are:
• Your feet roll inward too much when you walk (excessive pronation).
• You have high arches or flat feet.
• You walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
• You wear shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.
• You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.
If you think that you may have plantar fasciitis contact us today for advice.