Do you have an intense pain in your foot that originates in the heel? This is one of the most common characteristic or telltale symptom that indicates you may have plantar fasciitis.
While this painful, chronic and sometimes debilitating foot condition is often found in middle-aged adults, it can plaque anyone, regardless of age.
If you know people with plantar fasciitis, you likely heard plenty of horror stories of how the pain and discomfort of the condition can put one’s life on hold. Regardless of whether you have it and don’t want to make the condition worse or you’re so scared of getting it, you’re open to ways that won’t trigger it, here are some common causes of this painful, increasingly common foot health condition:
Being overweight. Plantar fasciitis is triggered when pressure is put on the feet. If you’re overweight, you’re putting more pressure on your feet.
Being overly ambitious in your workout. Overdoing yourself by doing too much too fast in your exercising can cause plantar fasciitis. With this foot condition, a tear is formed in the tendon that runs from your heel to the ball of your foot. Doing too rigorous a workout suddenly increase your chance of tearing or straining this tendon. Doing a lot of certain types of physical activities that involve much hard pounding on the feet like dancing, aerobic, hiking and running.
You have an on-your feet job. The constant strain and pressure of being on one’s feet all day can take a toll, causing plantar fasciitis. If you factor in a hard floor, such as one made of cement, your risk of getting this painful foot condition increases.
Poor Footwear. Footwear such as high heels that over time make it more difficult to move your foot and shoes with thin soles and poor arch support can also increase your risk of getting plantar fasciitis or cause it to flare up.
Anatomical Issues. Your feet are designed to evenly distribute pressure and weight. When that gets thrown off with foot arches that are either too high or too flat. Plantar fasciitis can occur. The way one walk s and tight calf muscles that make it difficult to flex the foot can also increase one’s risk.
Knowing what will increase your risk of getting planter fasciitis is a great starting point. Taking active steps in preventing injury will also help. Here are a few prevention suggestions:
Wear supportive, good-fitting shoes. When the foot has the proper support it needs and you’re wearing a comfortable shoe that fits, your risk of getting plantar fasciitis decreases.
Stretch. Stretching the muscles of the feet and calves before doing physical activity and warm the muscles up so they aren’t in as great of shock when you begin exercising. This can help not only prevent fasciitis, but it can also prevent other muscle strains and tears.
Stay in shape. When you make sure your weight is kept in check, the less pressure you put on your feet, therefore decreasing the risk of plantar fasciitis.
Start exercising slowly and gradually. If you’re trying a new workout or you’re looking to increase the intensity and duration of your workouts, start with slow, gradual changes and increases. This will help lessen the risk of aggravating your plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that can be prevented or minimized when one first knows what can cause it and actively take steps to prevent it.
If you have any questions or concerns or wonder if your foot pain is plantar fasciitis or not, contact your foot and ankle specialist and schedule an appointment.