One of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis, occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. You might have this foot ailment if you experience stabbing pain when you get up in the morning and start to walk. Although the pain might decrease as you move more, it might come back when you sit or stand for an extended period of time.
Generally speaking, your plantar fascia supports the arch in your foot and absorbs shock whenever you run or walk. However, if too much tension or stress is placed on your foot, small tears can form in the fascia. Additionally, this tearing, along with repetitive stretching, can result in the fascia becoming inflamed or irritated, which can cause chronic heel pain.
Although plantar fasciitis can develop without a known cause, there are certain risk factors that can make this condition more likely. For instance, you are at risk for developing this foot condition if you are between the ages of 40 and 60 or if you have a flat arch, high arch, or an abnormal pattern of walking. You may also experience plantar fasciitis if you engage in activities that put a lot of stress on your heel, like long distance running, or if you work in an occupation that keeps you on your feet for long periods of time every day.
If heel pain is getting you down and you are anxious to find relief, contact us at Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic. We can determine if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis and provide effective solutions for dealing with your discomfort.