Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. When the fibrous tissue at the bottoms of your feet called the plantar fascia is put under strain and pressure, it develops tiny tears and becomes inflamed. This condition is attributed to several factors below.
- Flat Feet – People who have flat feet tend to pronate too much or roll their feet inward as they walk. This puts extra pressure on the inner foot that can strain the plantar fascia.
- High arches – The plantar fascia maintains the arch of the foot. When the bottom is the foot is arched too high, it can put a strain on the plantar fascia.
- Running – Plantar fasciitis is common in runners. This is because running forces the plantar fascia to stretch and contract thousands of times. Too much of this repetitive movement causes tears and inflammation.
- Sedentary lifestyle – When the foot is not moving, the plantar fascia is shortened, making it less flexible. Regular activity can maintain the plantar fascia’s strength and flexibility.
- Prolonged standing – Extended periods of walking puts pressure on the bottoms of the feet and strain the plantar fascia.
- Asymmetrical leg lengths – The difference in leg lengths applies pressure to the plantar fascia. This is because one has to work harder to absorb the shock when it lands on the ground.
- Obesity – The feet support the entire weight of the body. Too much weight or sudden weight gain puts extra strain and pressure on the plantar fascia.
- Old age – Increasing age decreases plantar fascia flexibility and thins the heel’s protective fat pad. Tears are therefore easily developed, causing the plantar fascia to be inflamed.
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