If you’re currently dealing with plantar fasciitis, also known as heel and arch pain, here are some possible causes:
- Faulty design. Your issues with plantar fasciitis may simply be due to genetics. Some people are born with structural flaws, resulting in excessive pressure on the arch and heel. Those with flat feet are also more prone to developing plantar fasciitis, as their feet roll too far inward when stepping.
- Working on your feet. If you have a job where you’re on your feet for a majority of the day, especially with little to no breaks for rest time, your feet will be placed under excessive stress, particularly if you work on hard surfaces.
- Exercising incorrectly. If you increase the number of your workouts too soon or jog/run for many miles day after day with no time off, you can develop plantar fasciitis or even Achilles tendinitis. If you exercise on hard surfaces and/or wear the wrong shoes, this will only make the pain worse.
- Your age. Our body experiences more wear and tear as we grow older, so there is a chance that you’re experiencing plantar fasciitis due to being older. Make sure you wear shoes that fit and provide cushion and support.
Don’t wear the wrong shoes for a certain activity. Don’t be afraid to include some custom orthotics inside of your shoes; this will help correct the “faulty design” of your feet. Take breaks when you’re working and exercising, and research workouts that will strengthen your feet and help keep them limber.