3 Most Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain, is an inflammation of the thick tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. The inflamed tissue can cause uncomfortable pain while walking and when stationary. While there are many causes of plantar fasciitis, Dr. Schlomo Schmuel continues to see as common causes.

Wearing Shoes with Inadequate Support

We shop for shoes that fit our styles, fashion trends and seasons. But wearing shoes with inadequate support can lead to plantar fasciitis. Flimsy shoes without strong arch support can inflame the plantar fascia and cause incredible pain. Shoes with unnatural support cause bones in the foot to settle in a dysfunctional position that traps the toes and squishes them. This allows for inflammation and swelling.

Also, shoes with cushion absorption can cause the foot to pronate. This can lead to increased strain to the plantar fascia and could lead to hip, back or knee pain down the road.

Having Flat Feet or Too High of An Arch

While Dr. Schlomo Schmuel claims we can control what shoes we buy, it’s possible to develop plantar fasciitis from something we can’t control: Flat feet. Individuals who have flat feet lack arch support, which causes the arch area to collapse when weight is put on it. This leads to inflammation and, like wearing shoes with poor support, can lead to other painful issues in your feet, legs, knees and hips. To prevent flat feet from causing fasciitis, add support to your feet. Whether it’s a new insole or an arch-support driven shoe, it’s important to emulate the maximum stability of a normal arch.

On the other hand, feet with two high of an arch can lead to plantar fasciitis. When certain parts of your feet arch too high, you naturally compensate by allocating more weight to the ball and heel of your foot. Over time, this can cause serious inflammation and discomfort. While high arches don’t directly cause pain, they quickly wear down your feet and make it difficult to wear regular shoes. The stress placed on your heel and the ball of your feet causes plantar fasciitis and other conditions.

Too Many Days in High Heels

Although required in many workplaces and for formal events, it’s not surprising high heels can cause serious damage to your feet. High heels distribute your weight unevenly, too, and keep the arch of your foot in an unnatural position. This causes a strain on the arch, which can lead to tearing and inflammation. Wearing high heels regularly could quickly lead to plantar fasciitis, leaving you with an arch that can’t effectively absorb impact and support your body weight.

Plantar Fasciitis can leave your feet with serious discomfort leave you in a good amount of pain. To avoid developing plantar fasciitis, make sure you’re wearing shoes that provide adequate arch support and evenly distribute your weight to all parts of your feet. If you have flat feet or a high arch, compensate for the genetic problem, and limit the time you spend in high heels.

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel and Trusting an Industry Professional

Operated by Dr. Schlomo Schmuel, Sunset Foot Clinic provides comprehensive treatment for many feet and ankle issues. This includes hammertoes, fungal toenails and ingrown toenails, as well as heel pain, bunions, ankle sprains, and fractures. In addition, as an Accredited Ambulatory Surgical Center at their location, they can perform complex reconstructive surgery as well as limb salvage of the foot and ankle.