Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of fibrous tissue that extends from the bottom of the heel bone to the base of the toes. It is the most common cause of heel pain in both children and adults. Chances are if you’re a runner, if you’re overweight, pregnant or wear shoes with inadequate support you may have suffered from plantar fasciitis.

As the plantar fascia tissue begins to degenerate and tear, typically, the body repairs itself and the while resting and sleeping the tissues strengthen. But continued tissue damage can prevent the body’s ability to heal these small tears and that’s when the heel pain sets in.

Podiatry Associates of Florida works to treat and correct the problem before it becomes debilitating.


Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Below are some of the more common symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis that can occur due to inflammation.

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel or arch of the foot
  • Pain when waking up that can lead to decreased activity
  • Pain after long periods of standing
  • Pain that increases over months of time

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis doesn’t discriminate from one pair of feet to another. While people of all ages can suffer from it here are the most common causes:

  • Sports
  • Being overweight
  • Standing on your feet for long periods of time
  • Flat feet
  • Overly high arches
  • Shoes that don’t offer proper support
  • High heel shoes
  • Middle-age