Plantar Fasciitis Causes & Risk Factors

By Andrew Heideman PT/ATC

Plantar Fasciitis – Causes/Risk Factors

There are many causes/risk factors of plantar fasciitis including leg length discrepancy, excessive pronation of the foot, inflexibility of the arch, and tightness of the calf muscle. Wearing shoes without sufficient arch support, running with a lengthened stride, and running on soft surfaces are also potential causes of plantar fasciitis.

Other potential causes of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Poor biomechanics: Bad form can contribute to PF among other foot conditions. Barefoot running shoes help change your running mechanics and avoid injury.
  • Failure to prepare for a workout: The simple things sometimes make the biggest difference. Read here (https://www.joionline.net/library/show/fitness_tips1/) on how to properly prepare yourself for a workout.
  • Long distance running: Running long distances can sometimes lead to plantar fasciitis in athletes. Learn about some alternative exercises to running.
Anatomy of the foot and plantar fascia.

Plantar fasciitis medical illustration.

Plantar fasciitis

 


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