4 Causes of Plantar Fasciitis


The flexible tissue that spans the bottom of your foot can become irritated and inflamed from too much pressure and stress causing serious pain and debilitation. This condition is called plantar fasciitis and it can also affect people who have been inactive for a long time that then suddenly decide to start an exercise program too vigorously.

Complications from injuring the plantar fascia can travel to the heel area where the ligament connects to the bone causing severe pain and possibly the formation of a heel spur.

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by the following issues:

  1. Wearing improperly fitted footwear—Shoes with poor arch support can cause overstretching or the plantar fascia.

  2. Being overweight—Carrying additional weight puts more pressure to the plantar fascia making injury more likely.

  3. Shortened calf muscles—Individuals who often wear high heels can develop a tightened calf muscle that increases stress and pressure on the arch of the foot.

  4. Repetitive stress injuries—Folks who are on their feet all day for work and athletes and people who exercise frequently are more likely to experience a plantar fascia or other ligament injury.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis consists of the following:

  •  RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation)—For less severe injuries to the plantar fascia, conservative treatment methods include the RICE protocol.

  • Physical therapy—calf and Achilles tendon stretching exercises will relieve stress on the plantar fascia.

  • Proper shoes and supports—Wearing shoes with proper arch support and orthotic inserts can be very effective at controlling arch problems.

If you are experiencing heel pain see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg,  E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.