Foot Pain Friday - Plantar Fasciitis

Austin Esser
Austin Esser

A very common foot problem that many people may experience in their life is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, that involves the thick band of tissue that supports the muscles and arch of your foot. When the fascia is overly stretch it can cause tiny tear in the surface which may cause pain and inflammation.


Plantar Fasciitis is most commonly known for the stabbing pain that occurs in your first steps I the morning. This pain may decrease the more you move but can return after long periods of standing or after rising up after sitting. If you feel pain in the morning, make sure you wear a comfortable pair of slippers that supports and cushions your feet, before you walk on hard surfaces.

Plantar Fasciitis is commonly found in people who:

  • Are runners
  • Are overweight
  • Wear shoes with poor support
  • Who stand/walk on hard surfaces all day

People who are commonly at risk:

  • Plantar Fasciitis is commonly found in people ages 40 – 60
  • Certain Exercises including long distance running, jumping, or dancing
  • Foot Mechanics: being flat footed, having a high arch, or an abnormal walking pattern
  • Obesity: Excess weight can put more stress on your plantar fascia
  • Occupations: People who are constantly on their feet such as factory workers, teachers, health care workers who spend their day on hard surfaces can damage their plantar fascia

With the help of exercises, stretches, shoe inserts, or custom orthotics, you can find relief from the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

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