What Can Aggravate My Plantar Fasciitis?


One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It is caused by inflammation of a thick band of tissue that attaches your heel bone to your toes and extends across the bottom of your foot.

Plantar fasciitis is a form of plantar fasciitis that causes stabbing pain when you take your first steps in the morning. The pain usually goes away when you get up and walk about, but it can come back after long periods of standing or when you get up after sitting.


Causes of plantar fasciitis


  • Age – Between the ages of 40 and 60, plantar fasciitis is the most common.
  • Certain types of exercise – Long-distance running, ballet dancing, and aerobic dance are all activities that put a lot of tension on your heel and attached tissue, which can lead to plantar fasciitis.
  • Foot Mechanics – Flat feet, a high arch, or even an irregular walking pattern may all influence how weight is distributed while standing, putting additional strain on the plantar fascia.
  • Obesity –  Excess weight puts additional strain on the plantar fascia. This is due to increased pressure on your plantar fascia ligaments, which is particularly common if you gain weight quickly.
  • Occupations that need you to be on your feet for long periods of time – The plantar fascia may be damaged by factory workers, students, and others who spend the majority of their working hours walking or standing on hard surfaces.




Ignoring plantar fasciitis can lead to persistent heel pain that makes daily activities difficult. Changing your walking style to alleviate plantar fasciitis pain may result in foot, knee, hip, or back issues.


What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?


Plantar fasciitis patients have described a dull pain as well as a stabbing pain. Plantar fasciitis causes the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the bottom of the heel or in the area around it.
  • Exercising causes more discomfort (not during).
  • The arch of the foot hurts.
  • Pain that is worse first thing in the morning or when you get up after a long period of sitting.
  • The heel is swollen.
  • Pain that lasts for months at a time.
  • The Achilles tendon is tense. (This symptom is reported by 80% of people.) Your calf muscles and your heel are linked by your Achilles tendon.


How long will I have plantar fasciitis?


Using only at-home treatments, more than 90% of plantar fasciitis patients recover within ten months.

Permanent healing is difficult if the root cause of your plantar fasciitis is something you can’t alter, such as the fact that your foot is flat. Continue to battle the symptoms with at-home treatments and the healthcare provider’s advice.


If I have plantar fasciitis, what can I expect?


The greatest pain will come when you first get out of bed in the morning and after a long period of sitting. Expect extreme pain to escalate as a result of high-impact exercise, but keep in mind that it’s usually not lifelong if you stick to your recovery plan. To reduce symptoms, you should expect to have to change some of your habits.



Are You Looking for a Sports Medicine Physician to Treat Your Plantar Fasciitis?

As you know, the plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.  Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of this tissue, which can cause a stabbing pain usually felt at the heel.  Dr. Chen sees patients with plantar fasciitis at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions.  Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top-ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!



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