Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, can be debilitating if left untreated. At Signature Foot & Ankle, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their conditions. In this blog post, we'll delve into the causes and risk factors associated with plantar fasciitis to help you better understand this painful foot condition.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:
- Overuse or Strain: Plantar fasciitis often occurs due to repetitive strain on the plantar fascia – the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Overuse, especially in activities like running or standing for extended periods, can lead to micro-tears and inflammation.
- Foot Structure: Individuals with high arches or flat feet may be more prone to plantar fasciitis. These foot types can alter the distribution of weight and increase stress on the plantar fascia.
- Improper Footwear: Wearing shoes with inadequate support or inappropriate arch support can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. High heels and shoes with poor cushioning can exacerbate the condition.
- Tight Achilles Tendon: A tight Achilles tendon can affect the mechanics of the foot and increase strain on the plantar fascia, making individuals more susceptible to plantar fasciitis.
- Age and Weight: Plantar fasciitis is more common in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60. Excess weight or obesity can also contribute to increased pressure on the plantar fascia.
- Occupation and Activities: Jobs or activities that involve prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces can contribute to plantar fasciitis. Additionally, sudden increases in physical activity levels can strain the plantar fascia.
Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis:
- Age: As mentioned, the risk of plantar fasciitis tends to increase with age, particularly between 40 and 60.
- Foot Mechanics: Individuals with abnormal foot mechanics, such as high arches or flat feet, are at a higher risk.
- Obesity: Excess weight places additional stress on the plantar fascia, increasing the risk of inflammation and injury.
- Occupation: Jobs that involve prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis.
- Physical Activity Levels: Sudden increases in physical activity or participation in activities with repetitive stress on the feet can elevate the risk.
Seeking Expert Podiatry Care:
If you're experiencing persistent heel pain or suspect plantar fasciitis, seeking professional podiatry care is crucial. At Signature Foot & Ankle, our experienced podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis. We offer personalized treatment plans to address your unique needs and facilitate a swift recovery.
Schedule your appointment online here or call us at 561-203-9285. Take the first step towards pain-free feet with Signature Foot & Ankle's compassionate care.