Plantar Fasciitis - Symptoms & Causes

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition causing pain in the heel, specifically at the point where the plantar fascia tissue connects to the heel bone. The plantar fascia is a ligament that supports the arch of your foot and absorbs shock during activity.

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Cause of Plantar Fasciitis

A combination of factors increases plantar fasciitis' vulnerability to stress and inflammation. Understanding these aspects is crucial for prevention and management.

  • Age: 

If you're between 40 and 60 years old, you might have a higher chance of encountering plantar fasciitis. As we age, the plantar fascia wears down naturally, making it more susceptible to getting inflamed.

  • Professional Demands:

Occupations that demand prolonged standing or walking (teachers, nurses, and individuals in the manufacturing sector, as examples) pose an increased risk. Continuous stress increases the chances of inflammation.

  • Foot Structure:

Individual foot anatomy—such as flat feet, high arches, or irregular gait patterns—affects body weight distribution. This imbalance can result in excess stress on the plantar fascia.

  • Body Weight:

Increased body weight puts pressure and stress on the feet.

  • Physical Activities:

Certain exercises, especially those focusing on the heel and adjacent tissues like running and team sports, increase the predisposition to plantar fasciitis.

  • Footwear:

Wearing shoes with poor cushioning or inadequate support can exacerbate stress on the plantar fascia. Proper footwear is essential to distribute body weight evenly across the feet and alleviate pressure on the heel and surrounding tissues.

To mitigate these risks, you can adopt preventative approaches. These include choosing footwear that offers ample support, managing body weight to minimise undue stress on the feet, and being cautious of engaging in activities that overstrain the feet.

Regular stretches can also enhance muscular flexibility and strength, further protecting against plantar fasciitis.

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Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

People with plantar fasciitis typically encounter a distinct set of symptoms that affect the heel and sole of the foot. These include the following:

  • Heel Pain:

The most common symptom is a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, often most intense with the first steps in the morning or after lengthy periods of sitting or standing.

  • Pain After Exercise:

It's not uncommon for the pain to be absent during exercise but occur shortly afterwards.

  • Foot Stiffness:

A noticeable stiffness and pain that happens in the morning or after periods of inactivity.

Early recognition of these symptoms is vital. If pain persists or impacts daily activities, seeking professional consultation to mitigate progression and address the underlying issues is essential. Get in touch with our friendly London team today, and start your journey to recovery.


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