What causes Plantar Fasciitis and foot pain?

I have had a few people coming in lately with foot pain.  Whether it from a strain from activities-cycling, pickleball or other sports or truly from Plantar Fasciitis, foot pain is painful and gets in the way of our feeling comfortable doing daily activities.
     There are a few things that can contribute to foot pain.  Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the bottom surface of the foot. It is most common with athletes and others who spend long hours on their feet.  It can be aggravated by a flat foot or excessive high arch, also sometimes in those whose arch has fallen.  The plantar fascia functions primarily as a spring to maintain the foot’s arch. Plantar Fasciitis is usually considered an inflammatory condition involving the attachment sites on the heel. The things that can trigger Plantar Fasciitis include sudden weight gain as in pregnancy, a sudden different use of the feet as in starting a new sport, or very tight calf muscles.
     Other reasons for foot pain can be nerve entrapment in the foot similar to Carpal Tunnel can cause pain that can be mistaken for Plantar Fasciitis.  Also, there can be Trigger Points (knots) in the muscles on the bottom of the foot. In conclusion foot pain can be caused by issues in the fascia, impingement of the nerves or Trigger Points in the muscles.  
Next month I’ll talk a little about what you can do about this and how massage can help.

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