When it comes to heel pain, plantar fasciitis ranks near the top of the Most Wanted list. It’s one of the most common conditions out there, its unrelenting crime spree leaving millions miserable every year. It doesn’t work alone, though. When plantar fasciitis hits your heels, there are often some factors that contributed to it. Let’s round up the usual suspects and look into the causes of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis, the Big Boss itself, is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heel bone. Its calling card tends to be a stabbing pain that hits your heels first thing in the morning, but tends to recede as you limber up.
When looking for causes of plantar fasciitis, one of the first suspects to finger is an abnormal foot shape. You’re at a higher risk of plantar fasciitis to come knocking at your door if you have high arches or flat feet (ironically, it loves flatfoots). A tight Achilles tendon, like a crooked cop, can also be in on causing trouble to your plantar fascia.
Every gang has a heavy, and weight will definitely raise your risk of plantar fasciitis. Being overweight or obese places more pressure on your plantar fascia. Weight gain from pregnancy can be especially rough as it can happen over a shorter period of time, and many pregnant women get hit with heel pain late in their terms.
Every gang also has a runner, and hitting the pavement too repetitively or too intensely without proper conditioning can lead to overuse of your plantar fascia and getting caught with stubborn pain. This sort of risk factor can also moonlight as a job that constantly keeps you on your feet.
Detecting the causes of plantar fasciitis will help determine the right treatments to find justice for your heels. Medications, orthotics, night splints, and stretching exercises can all help relieve plantar fasciitis. If it’s still unwilling to come out peacefully, then steroid injections, shock wave therapy, or surgery may need to be called in.
If plantar fasciitis has robbed you of your comfort, call Dr. Robert Parker and his staff in Houston, TX. We can ID the causes of your pain and find you the relief you need. Call (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment.