Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and is common in peopled aged 40-60.
Those that are affected are generally people who are required to stand for long periods of time, walk or run on hard surfaces, either through sport or occupation and for the overweight.
What causes it?
- Not stretching out your calf muscles properly. Tight calf muscles can lead to prolonged or high velocity pronation of the foot. This overstretches the plantar fascia leading to injury.
- Increased impact on hard surfaces.
- Overstretching of the Achilles tendon.
- Poor strength and flexibility of the plantar flexor muscles on the soles of the feet.
- Inappropriate footwear: Higher heels tend to short the Achilles tendon, putting more stress on the plantar fascia (they are attached). It is very common for people who wear flip flops to overpronate their feet, the plantar fascia will therefore overstretch all the time.
- Weight gain in pregnancy causes stress on the fascia.
- Abnormal pattern of walking, high arches and flat feet will all affect the way feet support the body’s weight, adding further stress and overworking of the plantar fascia.
There are many other anatomical and biomechanics factors that could be the cause of plantar fasciitis.
If you think you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis and would like to speak to one of our physiotherapists, please call us they would be happy to help you.