Plantar Fasciitis is frequently cited as the number one cause of heel pain. The condition affects both children and adults. Children typically outgrow the problem, but affected adults may experience recurring symptoms over the course of many months or years. The syndrome afflicts both highly active and sedentary individuals.
Typically, Plantar Fasciitis results from a combination of causes, including:
• Pronation; a condition in which the plantar fascia doesn’t transfer weight evenly from the heel to the ball of the foot when you walk.
• Overuse of the feet without adequate periods of rest.
• High arches, flat feet or tightness in the Achilles’ tendon at the back of the heel.
• Working conditions that involve long hours spent standing or lifting heavy objects.
• Worn or ill-fitting footwear.
• The normal aging process, which can result in a loss of soft tissue elasticity.
• Physical trauma to the foot, as in the case of taking a fall or being involved in a car accident.