It can be difficult to go about your everyday activities if you suffer from heel and arch pain. Knowing what’s causing your aching arches and painful heels will help you figure out how to manage it—or, better yet, how to avoid it altogether.
Plantar fascia discomfort is another name for heel and arch pain. That’s because your plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissues that runs from heel to toe and forms your arch. This band aids in the absorption of shock and stress, the stability of your step, and the adaptation to uneven terrain. It’s easy to see how this portion of your foot could be vulnerable to damage with so much duty placed on it.
Here are a few common factors that could be the source of your problems:
The foot structure is faulty. Yes, it’s possible that heredity is to fault! Plantar fascia disorders can sometimes be inherited due to a structure that causes poor biomechanics, putting undue pressure on your arch and heel. Flat feet can lead to overpronation (when your foot rolls inward too far when you step), which can cause plantar fascia pain.
On the Job: Standing Up Work that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces, puts a lot of strain on your plantar fascia.
Errors in Exercises When it comes to design, sometimes less is more. If you increase your workouts too soon or run a lot of kilometers without stopping, you risk developing an overuse ailment like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, which will make your heels hurt. Hard surfaces and the incorrect footwear can also exacerbate the condition.
Age. It’s a fact of life that as you get older, your body, including your feet, experiences more wear and tear. We can’t turn back the hands of time, but we can help you avoid plantar fascia pain and keep your feet as healthy as possible.
Here are a few pointers:
Make sure you’re wearing shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and appropriate for the activity.
Insert custom orthotics into your shoes to improve biomechanics and fix structural concerns.
There are exercises you may do to build and maintain the limberness of your feet.