Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville
June 19, 2019
A plantar fasciitis flare-up will send a sharp pain through your foot and into your ankle, potentially immobilizing you. Attempting to run, walk, or stand can exacerbate the pain considerably.
But what makes the simple act of walking so painful for someone with plantar fasciitis? For athletes, it can be helpful to understand what triggers plantar fasciitis pain and what you can do about it.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis happens when excessive stress and pressure cause the connective tissue at the bottom of your foot (known as the plantar fascia) to stretch, tear, or become inflamed. This condition can result in considerable pain, particularly when you place pressure on your feet.
Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
Some people are more susceptible to plantar fasciitis than others. You may be at higher risk for this condition if you:
Have flat feet or very high arches
Walk, stand, or run on hard surfaces for long periods of time
Are severely overweight
Have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
Wear shoes that do not fit properly
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Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis
If you believe you may have plantar fasciitis, we recommend seeing a qualified foot doctor for a careful evaluation. At RNV Podiatry, Dr. Verville can assess plantar fasciitis through a series of diagnostic questions and a physical examination of your foot. During this appointment, Dr. Verville will:
- Determine where your pain is coming from.
- Assess how much tenderness and swelling you have in your foot.
- Test your ankle and foot reflexes.
- Determine the flexibility, alignment, and range of motion of your injured foot.
If you have experienced pain, stiffness, or swelling in your foot for two weeks or more, we invite you to make an appointment today and get a clear diagnosis to begin treatment and recovery.
Can Walking Make Plantar Fasciitis Worse?
Placing too much pressure on your feet may exacerbate your symptoms. While you cannot avoid walking altogether, there are ways to minimize your discomfort. Some things that can make plantar fasciitis pain worse include:
Walking on hard surfaces
Walking too fast
Wearing shoes that do not fit properly
Walking too much at one time
Preventing Added Pain When Walking with Plantar Fasciitis
The problem is not walking so much as how you walk. Some tips to avoid or minimize plantar fasciitis flare-ups include:
Wear shoes that fit you properly
Ice your feet when you are done walking to help reduce inflammation
Avoid walking on very hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time
Wrap your feet to increase support
Stretch your feet when you have finished walking
Wear shoe inserts to add cushion and provide extra arch support
Seek Diagnosis and Care for Plantar Fasciitis
If you are struggling with plantar fasciitis, Dr. Verville can help you find relief. Learn about plantar fasciitis treatment from RNV Podiatry in the Frisco and Dallas Metro Area.
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