Plantar fasciitis can cause chronic foot pain that limits your daily routine.
If the bottom of your foot and/or heel is painful, it may be a result of an irritation of the plantar fascia, which is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot.
The pain may emerge suddenly from trauma, or perhaps is worsens gradually, likely as a result of repetitive activities where your foot is unnaturally stressed (running, anyone?).
Plantar fasciitis that develops slowly over time can eventually become chronic and interfere with normal daily function. This degeneration may be the result of wearing improperly fitted shoes or maybe your spine is out of alignment, causing your gait to be unnatural which stresses the fascia on the bottom of the foot.
Alternatively, an injury to another part of your body may be causing you to compensate and alter your normal gait. Consistent limping to alleviate pain in one body part, for example, may cause pronation or excessive stress on the unaffected leg and foot. A proper assessment can determine the following possibilities:
- possible spinal misalignment
- gait abnormalities
- foot pronation