The Facts On Plantar Fasciitis:

Plantar Fasciitis 101

Plantar Fasciitis is the pain and inflammation at the point where the thin band of tissues called the plantar fascia connects your heel bone to your toes. This tissue helps support the bones of your arch and absorbs some of the strain you put on your feet, whether from running or other kinds of vigorous exercise.

Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Image of internal foot showing pain from  plantar faciitis in the heel. 

The most common plantar fasciitis symptom is pain, which is normally felt at the heel and occurs where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. The pain can be intense when getting out of bed in the morning or getting up from a stationary position. The pain often lessens when walking, but may be persistent.

Pain that is commonly intense when getting out of bed is a common sign of Plantar Fasciitis, a particular type of heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

For runners, a sudden or drastic increase in mileage, along with the lack of proper arch support or the use of worn out shoes may be to blame. But according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis usually doesn’t have one definitive cause.


THEY NOTE, HOWEVER, SOME THINGS THAT CAN MAKE YOU MORE APT TO EXPERIENCE IT:

  • Tight calf muscles, which can make it hard for you to flex your foot
  • Being overweight, which can amplify the everyday shocks of moving
  • Very high arches because the fascia are already under extra tension
  • Repetitive impact activity like running, hiking or other sports

What Can I Do?

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