Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms and Causes

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms and Causes

What does Plantar Fasciitis feel like?

Plantar fasciitis feels like a sharp stabbing pain that is aggravated by walking, standing, running, jumping or doing anything else on your feet.

plantar fasciitis causes

Where is plantar fasciitis pain located?

The thick band of tissue runs across the bottom of your foot connecting the heels to the toes is known as the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation (usually from repetitive stress) of the plantar fascia.   

plantar fasciitis location of pain

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

plantar fasciitis symptoms

What causes this foot pain?

The plantar fascia is a hard working muscle. It absorbs the weight of every single thing we do while standing.  So almost anything that changes its normal conditions can cause pain in the plantar fascia.  Even a small injury in our leg or ankle can affect the plantar fascia.  Since you typically put less pressure on an injured body part, the other muscles (often the plantar fascia) have to work harder, which can lead to inflammation.  

Why do I get arch pain in the morning?

You get this pain in the morning because fascia and connective tissue in the foot naturally contract while you are sleeping or resting.  After stretching and warming it up, the pain should subside some.  This is why it is important to stretch your foot before walking in the morning to warm up the muscles and reduce the pain.  

Plantar Fasciitis Causes

plantar fasciitis causes

What increases the likeliness of getting plantar fasciitis?

It doesn’t have one specific cause. It can be as a result of another foot related injury or it could be due to a variety of other factors like:

  • Age.  Over time and with use the plantar fascia naturally degenerates.
  • Unsupportive footwear, like heels, boots, and other shoes without good shock absorption or that promote bad foot positioning. 
  • Being female. 
  • Being overweight.
  • Standing for long periods of time. That’s why waitresses or construction workers are more likely to suffer from this ailment. 
  • Having flat feet or high arches.

Plantar fasciitis relief

plantar fasciitis relief

  • Is plantar fasciitis serious?

It is not fatal.  But plantar fasciitis isn’t a joke. Most people are on their feet every day for regular every-day things.  Other than sleeping or sitting, you’re on your feet all the time, so you’ll feel pain every step you take.

Sadly a lot of people have become so used to heel and arch pain that they think it’s normal and are surprised that there are actually long term solutions.

  • Can plantar fasciitis go away?

If you’ve tried a couple different treatments and are still struggling, you might wonder if plantar fasciitis pain will ever go away.

Plantar fasciitis can go away on its own, with lots of rest.  But we all know that is way easier said than done.  It is more common for it to linger, or go away for a little while and then return with a vengeance.  A good plan includes rest, stretching, and staying healthy.  

Consider adding StepStrong to maintain foot health.

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