Who Is at Risk and What are the Symptoms?
You likely most often hear about runners who suffer from plantar fasciitis. But, anyone who is constantly on their feet can strain or weaken the plantar fascia, leading to swelling, inflammation, and even tiny tears in the ligament. Heel pain can range from dull and nagging to severe and shooting. Sometimes uncomfortabble stiffness in the arch of the foot can also be a sign of plantar fasciitis.
In addition to standing on your feet for long periods of time, other causes include:
- feet rolling inward too much when walking
- high arches or flat feet
- unhealthly weight measurements
- shoes that don't fit well or are worn out
- resting your feet, and cutting back on strenuous activities, especially on hard surfaces
- icing your heels
- performing foot and calf stretches regularly - a good one to try is pulling on both ends of a rolled towel placed under the ball of your foot
- investing in a new pair of shoes with sturdy arch support and a cushioned sole