Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed or torn. Plantar fasciitis can make it difficult to walk and perform everyday activities.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:
- Overuse - Athletes are prone to plantar fasciitis because of the added pressure they apply to the tendon from running and jumping.
- Arthritis - Some types of arthritis can cause inflammation to develop in the tendons, especially among the elderly.
- Wearing Incorrect Shoes - Some shoes do not fit properly or provide inadequate support. This can cause improper weight distribution as you walk, adding stress to the plantar fascia.
- Other Foot Conditions – Other foot conditions such as flat foot or high arches can cause the foot to be overworked or stretched abnormally, resulting in inflammation.
Wearing a foot brace for plantar fasciitis can help provide support to the arch of your foot to alleviate pain from an inflamed ligament. If you feel pain in your foot, consult your doctor for the best treatment and make sure you’re wearing good shoes!