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Plantar Faciitis And Heel Pain Causes

by David Buster

Copyright 2005

Plantar faciitis and heel pain causes are related to several

possible reasons. Plantar faciitis is the tearing and

subsequent inflammation of the plantar fascia ligaments on the

bottom of the foot, which in turn causes foot pain. Or when

repeated stress and strain occur on the heel bone and

surrounding soft tissue, the body tries to protect itself by

forming a bone spur.

Plantar faciitis pain is often felt at the front part of the

heel on the bottom of the foot. The pain spreads along the

bottom of the foot towards the toes. If the ligaments of the

foot bottom have tightened up overnight due to inflammation,

putting your weight on your foot to walk as you get out of bed

in the morning becomes painful. The foot area that is tight is

stretched as you put your weight on your foot, which causes a

'hot' pain that runs along the heel toward the toes. Or you may

find that heel pain is only a problem after being stationary for

a while, or late in the day or while doing certain kinds of


Here are common plantar faciitis and heel pain causes and

related conditions:

1. Physical Injury to the Foot, Arch or Heel - running, jogging

or walking can result in injury to the foot which in turn

becomes inflammed.

2. Excessive Walking, Standing or Exercise - once a plantar

faciitis problem begins, being on your feet more leads to

additional tearing in the fascia. And tearing in the fascia

area leads to inflammation and pain.

3. Obesity - you may have even gained weight since your heel

pain began because of less activity. Excess weight transmits

more stress to the plantar fascia area, causing plantar

faciitis pain.

4. Poorly Fitting, Hard-Soled Uncomfortable Shoes - leather

shoes may look great but can be uncomfortable for your feet.

Well-made, good-fitting rubber-heeled shoes will better cushion

the impact of the heel striking the surface and can help reduce

heel pain.

5. Calcium Deposits - abnormal calcium deposits can form on the

bottom of the foot resulting in foot pain.

Persons suffering from muscle inflammation, gout, lupus,

alkalosis, arthritis or tendonitis seem to have a tendency for

plantar faciitis problems and heel pain.

Plantar faciitis pain can be somewhat annoying or it can become

serious enough to be disabling. If you have experienced this

type of heel pain, you know how debilitating it can be.

However, understanding heel pain causes can help you know how

to find relief. Foot surgery should always be considered the

very last resort. There are proven ways you can treat plantar

faciitis and reduce heel pain.

Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing

About The Author:

about natural treatments to reduce heel pain. David Buster is

VP of InfoSearch Publishing and webmaster of a website of natural

health articles.

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