The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that connect the heel bone to the toes, running along the bottom of the foot. It acts as a shock absorber and an arch support. Sometimes the tension is too great and the plantar fascia begins to tear, causing inflammation and irritation. This is known as plantar fasciitis. See our plantar fasciitis exercises page for more information.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch. This strain can lead to pain and swelling that causes your heel or the bottom of your foot to hurt when you stand or walk. Common risk factors typically associated with plantar fasciitis causes include:
The following are some common plantar fasciitis symptoms:
Maintaining good flexibility throughout the inter-connective chain of the lower leg including the ankle, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles is the best way to prevent plantar fasciitis, but it’s also part of a solid treatment plan.
88% of those whose treatment combined both cushioning of the heel or arch support with deep stretching of the calf and plantar fascia experienced relief from their plantar fasciitis pain.
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