What Causes Plantar Fasciitis

You’ve been recently diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis, so now what? Maybe you’ve been suffering from Plantar Fasciitis for many years and have pretty much given in to this nagging and terrible injury – you’ve resorted to the fact that you may have to live with it for the rest of your life. But wait…

You really need to take a deeper look at what exactly has caused your plantar fasciitis.  And hopefully you’re ready to take proactive measures to cure it.

Maybe your doctor or podiatrist has told you that the cause of your plantar fasciitis is high arches.  I’m willing to bet that if you went to another doctor just down the street, they’d probably say you have flat feet.  The truth of the matter is that both high arches and flat feet are both plantar fasciitis causes.

When you have high arches, the fascia in the bottom of your feet does not stretch enough and can become tight and contracted very fast(ie: foot cramps).   Overtime, the fascia may become inflamed and irritated which causes great discomfort and can keep you at home with your feet up for days!

I often hear people say, “The reason why I have plantar fasciitis and foot pain is because my calf muscles are too tight.”

This is a classic plantar fasciitis scapegoat and yes while it is true that large calf muscles can cause strain on the plantar fascia, it’s unfair to point the blame directly here.  For the ladies, if you wear high heels 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, then yes, you will have some foot problems if not now, certainly down the road.  Wearing high heels can contribute to the severity of plantar fasciitis pain!  Give your feet a rest, start out wearing high heels every other day instead of the entire week and give your feet some much needed time off.

What about people who have weak, mushy calf muscles?  They too can suffer from plantar fasciitis.  The posterior tibialis, we’ll call it the front calf muscle, also plays an important role and function in supporting your foot arch and fascia.  If this front calf is soft, then yes, you too can suffer from plantar fasciitis.

So what can be defined as the only true definitive causes of plantar fasciitis?

Here’s a list of 8 possible causes of Plantar Fasciitis:

  1. Acute and sudden trauma to the foot
  2. A change in the lengthening or shortening of soft tissue structures anywhere from the foot all the way up to the hamstring
  3. An increase in physical activity
  4. Changes and alterations to your normal foot bio-mechanics when performing a physical activity(ie: running on uneven ground when you normally run on flat )
  5. Footwear that do not provide adequate arch support for the surface you are running or standing on
  6. Standing on a hard surface over an extended period of time without proper stretching or footwear
  7. Repetitive motions that cause stress or tension in the soft tissue muscles of the legs and feet(ie: calf raises at a gym, constantly walking up stairs)
  8. Current muscle imbalances that already exist anywhere from your feet all the way up your leg. (ie: weak/tight quadricep, hamstring muscles, etc)

So those are at least 8 causes of your painful plantar fasciitis.

The problem with plantar fasciitis is that if you do nothing to treat it and cure it, your pain and symptoms will get worse.  For most sufferers, the longer you wait to treat to it, the more damage you are doing and as a result, your recovery will take longer.

At the first sign of foot pain, you MUST address it…taking action early on when you first notice pain WILL result in a faster and speedier recovery.

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