Preventing Plantar Fasciitis

  • Pronation in your Foot – Does your foot tend to roll inward while you are walking or jogging?
  • Inflexible Ankle Joint – Are your ankles stiff? Limited ankle dorsiflexion is sometimes associated with plantar fasciitis.
  • Being Overweight – Extra weight can cause additional stress on your plantar fascia, causing irritation.
  • Certain Types of Footwear – Shoes without adequate cushion and support may increase your risk.
  • Sudden Increase in Physical Activity – Sudden increases in activity may cause too much pressure to be put on the plantar fascia, damaging fibers, and leading to long term pain.
  • Jogging / Running – Plantar fasciitis is sometimes caused by overuse. Running on certain types of surfaces may also be a factor.
  • Dancing / Aerobics – Repetitive jumping or pounding over extended periods of time may lead to inflammation of the plantar fascia.
  • Certain Types of Jobs – Occupations where you are engaged in extended weight-bearing activities or required to stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time may put you at increased risk.
  • Hormones – Low estrogen levels in women engaged in athletic activities may make the collagen of the foot less elastic, increasing the risk of plantar fasciitis.
  • Extremely Low or High Arches – Your arches can affect how your weight shifts when you are standing, walking, running or doing other types of physical activities, leading to additional pressure on your plantar fascia.