Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, accounting for around four out of five cases. Plantar fascia is a tough and flexible band of tissue that runs under the sole of the foot, connecting the heel bone with the rest of the bones in the foot acting as a shock absorber. Plantar Fasciitis can happen suddenly over a period of months or gradually over a number of years.
- Intense pain in the heel and/or arch
- Pain in the morning or after long periods of rest
Tiny tears develop inside the tissue building up a thick layer causing heel pain.
- You are at an increased risk of getting plantar fasciitis if you are overweight, have a job that involves long periods of standing or wear flat sole shoes for example flip flops
- Tight calf muscles or achilles tendons
- Flat feet
- Increased activity
- Supportive footwear
- Footwear that has a thick sole for arch support
- Choose low impact sport