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Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is the inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, the broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot, attaching at the bottom of the heel bone and extending to the forefoot. When the plantar fascia is excessively stretched, this can cause plantar fasciitis, which can also lead to heel pain, arch pain, and heel spurs.
With Plantar Fasciitis, the bottom of your foot usually hurts near the inside, where the heel and arch meet. The pain is often acute either first thing in the morning or after a long rest, because while resting the plantar fascia contracts back to its original shape. The pain often subsides as the day progresses and the plantar fascia continues to be stretched.
Over-pronation (flat feet) is the leading cause of plantar fasciitis. Over-pronation occurs in the walking process, when the arch collapses upon weight bearing, causing the plantar fascia to be stretched away from the heel bone.
Other causes of plantar fasciitis include:
There are many ways to help treat and prevent plantar fasciitis:
Foot Solutions® specialists work tirelessly to source and develop products that are ideal for helping to treat plantar fasciitis and heel pain. These include: