What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the plantar fascia, a band of tissue located on the bottom of the foot. This tissue plays a crucial role in supporting the arch and absorbing shock during walking and running. When the plantar fascia becomes thick, tight, or inflamed, it can cause sharp pain in the heel.
Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by several common symptoms, including:
- Sharp pain in the heel, especially in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest
- Pain that worsens with activity or prolonged standing
- Tenderness and swelling in the heel area
- Difficulty in walking or bearing weight on the affected foot
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Poor Foot Mechanics
Insufficient Arch Support
Overuse of Feet
Engaging in activities that involve repetitive impact on the feet, such as running or jumping, can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
Other Possible Causes
Other factors that may contribute to heel pain include obesity, age-related degeneration, and certain medical conditions like arthritis or diabetes.