Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. This causes pain in the arch of the foot, specifically the heel area. All people even with different foot types can get plantar fasciitis. People with high foot arches or flat feet are at a greater risk.

There are two types of Plantar Fasciitis – Acute and Chronic. Plantar Fasciitis is acute when it is triggered by a specific injury. This could be suddenly feeling pain after landing on your feet from a fall or injury from sports. Plantar Fasciitis is chronic when it gets worse over time. The elderly, or people who are overweight are prone to this because of wear and tear.

Plantar Fasciitis develops in two ways. One way is when the plantar fascia is overstretched, and the other way is when it is overcompressed.

The development when the plantar fascia is overstretched is called traction plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the band of tissue is stretched repeatedly beyond its normal capacity. One of the reasons why the arch of the foot is overstretched is because of weak muscles that don’t give enough support to the arch. It can also be due to the improper position the foot lands when you take a step. This is either overpronation, rolling the feet inward while walking, or supination, excessively turning the foot outwards while landing the feet.

Plantar Fasciitis also develops as overcompression – compression plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the tissue is damaged by blunt force trauma caused by compression. It can be caused by stepping on something pointed or jagged like a rock or landing from a high jump such as jumping off a tree.

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