Plantar fasciitis affects the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs under the foot from the toes to the heel bone. This ligament is designed to assist with shock-absorption and help support the arch of the foot. However, unlike muscle tissue, the plantar fascia is not very elastic so it isn’t very stretchy. This can create a problem when too much strain is placed on the plantar fascia. When overloaded, the plantar fascia, unable to adequately stretch to meet demands can start to develop micro-tears and pull away from the heel. This can result in pain, inflammation and irritation under the heel and even in the arch of the foot.
Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) is most frequently experienced underneath the front or middle of the heel.
Plantar fasciitis is typically more painful after you have been resting your foot, e.g. in the morning when you get out of bed or after you have been sitting for a longer period of time. This can be simply put down to the fact that rest will cause our ligaments and muscles to tighten and shorten. Aside from pain in the heel other symptoms can include a mild swelling under the heel.
There are a number of possible causes of heel pain and they frequently vary between individuals. Some of the possible contributing factors can include:
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