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The plantar fascia is a thick, weblike ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot and it works to support the arch of your foot and help you walk. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that describes the inflammation of the plantar fascia, commonly caused by strain injuries and micro-tears to the ligament.

Plantar fasciitis can result in a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Heel pain
  • Foot pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness

This foot condition can make walking and running very difficult and make your foot feel particularly stiff or tender in the morning, or when rising after sitting for a prolonged period of time. Seeking plantar fasciitis treatment is critical for restoring the function of your foot and improving your quality of life.


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5 Warning Signs of Plantar Fasciitis to Watch Out For

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. Why? Your plantar fascia ligaments act as shock absorbers to protect the arch of your foot, and so experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily life. Too much pressure on your feet can damage the ligaments and cause your plantar fascia to become inflamed.

Here are 5 warning signs of plantar fasciitis that you should watch out for:


1. There’s Discomfort In the Bottom Of Your Foot, By the Heel

The plantar fascia is the ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot. It connects from your toes to your heel, supports the arch of your foot, and acts as a shock absorber as you walk or run. Plantar fasciitis occurs when there is a strain to this ligament from overuse.

What does this mean? Most of the time, the symptoms of plantar fasciitis occur where the ligament attaches to the heel, so you’re likely to first notice it as discomfort in the bottom of your foot, back by the heel.

2. You’re Overweight

You are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you’re overweight or obese. This is due to the increased pressure on your plantar fascia ligaments, especially if you experience sudden weight gain. In addition, being overweight can exacerbate the symptoms of this condition.

3. You Feel a Sharp Pain First Thing in the Morning

This symptom is pretty specific to plantar fasciitis. Patients will notice that the pain is usually worse in the morning when taking the first steps out of bed. In addition:

  • Climbing stairs can be very difficult due to heel stiffness.
  • After prolonged activity, the pain will flare up due to increased inflammation.
  • Pain isn’t felt during the activity, but rather just after stopping.
  • The pain may be worse after you stand up from a period of prolonged sitting.

You will feel greater discomfort after periods of rest because of an increased amount of inflammatory cells settling in that area.

4. You’re Highly Active

If you’re a long-distance runner, you are more likely to develop plantar fascia problems. Similarly, you’re also at a higher risk if you have a very active job that requires you to be on your feet a lot, such as being a restaurant server or factory worker.

Whether you’re standing at a desk, walking around a lot, or you’ve rapidly increased your physical activity, this can also up your chances of developing this foot condition.

5. You Have Structural Foot Problems

If you have high arches, you may be at a higher risk of plantar fasciitis because the ligament has to work harder to support you. Other foot problems that could increase your risk include:

  • If your foot rolls inwards as you walk or run.
  • Tight Achilles tendons
  • Tight calf muscles

In addition to this, simply wearing shoes with soft soles and poor arch support can result in this painful foot condition.


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