What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful disorder in the lower part of your foot usually around the heel. That pain usually hurts as you get up in the morning when you try to stand on your feet, or after any periods of inactivity. It is a disorder of a tough and strong band that connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar Fasciitis is caused by injuring that tough band on the bottom of the foot.
The following may be the causes of plantar fasciitis:
- Tight calf muscles or tight Achilles
tendon produces repetitive over-stretching of the plantar
- Gait and balance Problem may be
a dominant cause of this disorder. Many people
have a special style of walking, with something unique that causes some kind of imbalance in their body.
It might be something like locked knees, feet that turn-out, a weak abdomen etc. This imbalance may place some
pressure on the fascia, which eventually causes plantar fasciitis.
- Weak foot muscles don’t
give enough support to the plantar fascia. The small muscles in the foot
give the foot its shape by keeping the bones in place and by expanding and
contracting to make a movement. Weak foot muscles will allow greater stress on the fascia.
- Foot anatomical problems such as flat feet
or high arches can make the fascia ligament work or stretch abnormally.
- Flattening of the fat pad at the sole of
the feet under the heels is a Degeneration process that is caused by poor footwear or by age.
Shoes that have no proper heel cup can flatten that fat pad quite quickly and cause
- Walking in shoes which do not have good arch support
is considered to be a cause of plantar fasciitis.
- Wearing inadequate or worn out
shoes may place more stress on the fascia ligament. If you wear shoes that don't fit you by
size or width, you may put your feet under excessive stress.
- Overweight Men and women are more
vulnerable to developing the condition because of the excess weight on
- Pregnant women are at risk
due to gaining weight through pregnancy and due to the pregnancy hormones that make ligaments loosen and relax.
- Sudden increase of activity like starting to run long distance or
complete change of daily activity can cause heel pain and this disorder.
- Practice of repetitive athletic activities,
like long distance running, playing a ball game, dancing or jumping, is a common cause for the disorder.
Actually it is considered as one of the most common running injuries.
- Spending long periods of time on your
feet everyday can cause plantar fasciitis. Working on your feet a few hours a day evey day may be the reason for your heel pain.
THIS MATERIAL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE. IT IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR SPECIFIC TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS.