What Causes this Heel Pain?
Damage to the plantar fascia can be a combination of four causes. You have no control over the most common reason which is your biomechanics or the way the foot works. This is most likely a result of the genes your parents or grandparents gave you. We will examine the mechanics and the way you stand to better evaluate this. Other significant contributors are the number of steps you do each day, your body mass, and the tightness of your Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest of all the tendons in the body. When it shortens, the heel lifts off the ground earlier than it should and extra force is placed on the arch of the foot and plantar fascia.
Stretching the Achilles tendon complex has a significant effect on the plantar fascia. This is perhaps the easiest and largest contribution that you can address to help your symptoms. Although body mass is a factor, it is not something we will change immediately. Weight generally decreases as activity increases after plantar fasciitis is controlled. Minor contributions involve shoe selection.
You may be surprised that we encourage normal or increased activity while we treat you. Not all shoes are created equal and we will discuss what is helpful in a shoe to improve your foot mechanics. Most of my patients tell me that they have “good shoes.” I will get 9 different answers to the question “What is a good shoe?” from 10 different people – and expensive is not the right answer.
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