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Plantar Fasciitis Causes & Risks


Plantar fasciitis is caused by activity that puts extra stress on the foot, such as:

  • Physical exertion, especially in sports that require running and jumping such as:
    • Running
    • Volleyball
    • Tennis
  • Sudden increase in exercise intensity or duration

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease, condition or injury. The main risk factor for plantar fasciitis is physical activity that stresses the plantar fascia.

Other risk factors include:

  • Abrupt changes in activity or physical forces endured by the feet
  • Obesity or weight gain
  • Weight gain
  • Pre-existing foot problems, including an abnormally tight Achilles tendon (heel cord), flat feet, overpronation, or unusually high arches
  • Poor footwear
  • Poor general conditioning

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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