Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville
June 19, 2019
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot-related injuries among athletes. And it isn’t something you’ll be able to ignore, as it can send a sharp pain through your foot when it flares up. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice that nothing short of sitting down can ease your pain. Walking, running and even standing can put men and women in excruciating pain. But why does such a simple thing like walking cause so much pain, and does it make plantar fasciitis worse? If this is something you’ve experienced, keep reading as we discuss the ins and outs of this common ailment.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when excessive stress and pressure cause the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia) to stretch, tear, and become inflamed. When this happens, every step can cause intense pain for men and women.
Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
Not all people are at risk for plantar fasciitis, but you could end up with this condition if you:
Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis
Dr. Verville can diagnose plantar fasciitis by asking specific diagnostic questions and completing a full examination of your foot in her Frisco office. During your appointment she will:
- Determine where your pain is coming from
- Find out 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 been experiencing swelling, pain, or stiffness in your foot that has been present for more than two weeks, it is best that you make an appointment to visit Dr. Verville at RNV Podiatry so that she can get you back in action.
Can Walking Make Plantar Fasciitis Worse?
Obviously, a person can’t completely avoid walking when they have plantar fasciitis, but if they do it incorrectly, it could make their symptoms worse. Walking habits that make plantar fasciitis worse can include:
Preventing Added Pain When Walking with Plantar Fasciitis
So, in truth, the act of walking is not in itself what causes plantar fasciitis to get worse. It’s how you walk that matters. In order to avoid increased or added pain when walking, be sure to: