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  • Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the sole of your foot becomes inflamed, causing intense pain
  • Although both men and women can be affected with plantar fasciitis, the condition typically strikes active men between the ages of 40 and 70
 

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

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Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the sole of your foot becomes inflamed, causing intense pain. This ligament is attached to the bottom of your heel bone, and this is why the pain is often felt in this area, usually at the back of the arch and right in front of the heel.1,2

This condition is considered to be one of the most common complaints among runners and in the field of orthopedics.3

Although both men and women can be affected with plantar fasciitis, the condition typically strikes active men between the ages of 40 and 70.4 People who are obese, pregnant,5 diabetic, flat footed or have a high arch in their foot are also more likely to be affected with plantar fasciitis.6

How Do You Know If You Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Arguably, a stabbing pain near your heel (either in one foot or both feet) that develops gradually over time is a common sign that you have plantar fasciitis.7,8 This pain could make your life difficult as the plantar fascia, a thin and web-like ligament, is important for supporting the arch of your foot and in helping you walk.9

The pain manifests in different degrees, however. Some patients with this condition describe it as a dull pain, while others feel a sharp twinge. There are instances wherein people experience a burning or ache at the bottom of their foot that extends outward from the heel.10

This pain is said to be at its worst either as soon as you take a few steps after you wake up in the morning, stand for long periods of time or get up after sitting down for a while. Going up a flight of stairs can also be tough at some point because your heels become stiff.11,12

Plantar Fascia Could Progress Into Worse Complications

If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic heel pain, change the way you walk and result in further injuries to your legs, knees, hips and back. The plantar fascia can also detach and cause alterations to your foot, as well as nerve damage. Certain treatments such as steroid injections can also weaken and/or even rupture your plantar fascia.13

If you ignore chronic plantar fasciitis pain for a year, it can develop into plantar fasciosis because of the avascular scarring of the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciosis is a painful condition because the scarred tissues run low in blood supply and the pain is resistant to anti-inflammatory treatments for plantar fasciitis.14

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