Plantar fasciitis is most common in older people who are overweight, have faulty foot mechanics, or spend many hours at a time on their feet. Typically it affects men between the ages of 40 and 70, but anyone can develop the issue. People who are obese, have flat feet, or have to stand or walk a lot for their job have an increased risk. High-impact exercises also strain the plantar fascia, so long-distance runners and other athletes also risk damage to their lower limbs. Anything that adds excess strain to the heel can cause the problem.
Since the condition is so wide spread, you really should take precautions to prevent the issue, especially if you fit into a “high-risk” category. Don’t wait until you’re limping around in the mornings to seek help for your discomfort. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, for more information or an appointment by calling (830) 569-3338 or using our online contact form.