The Plantar Fascia acts like a shock absorber for your foot and can become less flexible as we age. Our feet evolved to adapt to terrain changes, but in the modern world we have smoothed everything out to generally be flat.
The result is that the Plantar Fascia performs repetitive actions over & over again, which can result in over-tightness of the fascia and sometimes even micro-tears may occur.
While it is sometimes difficult to identify the precise cause of Plantar Fasciitis there are common risk factors. These include -:
- Some forms of exercise including prolonged walking on hard, man-made surfaces, distance running, ballet dancing and aerobics.
- People between the ages of 35 to 70.
- Excess weight.
- Individual foot mechanics. Flat feet, high arches and abnormal walking patterns can all affect weight distribution and putt stress on your Plantar Fascia.
- Workplace occupations that keep workers on their feet can contribute to the onset of Plantar Fasciitis.
- Occupations such as factory workers, nurses and teachers are occupations that can contribute to the condition.