There are more than a few factors that can contribute to plantar fasciitis. And of course, while some men are known to get plantar fasciitis, it would be more common in women. Isn’t that swell.
Other than the fact you are more inclined to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis if you are a woman, here are a few more contributing factors:
- Being overweight.
- Started a new exercise
- Suddenly increase the intensity of your workouts
- On your feet for several hours a day.
- If you also suffer from ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
- Often wear high-heeled shoes, then change to flat shoes.
- Shoes with bad arch supports and or have thin soles.
- flat feet and or high arches.
Of course I would be guilty of each and every one of these which would explain why the pain grew in intensity as I changing my health routine to compensate for the fact my new job kept me sitting in a chair all day. It was as if all the stars aligned for me to suffer from this awful ailment.
Eventually the pain had gotten too severe to the point simply walking about the house had become just too much, let alone attempting to do any kind of cardio such as running, walking or jogging. That’s when I finally went to see a friend of mine who is a wonderful Chiropractor that specializes in foot and heel pain. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend who is a super chiropractor like I do, you can always of course look in the yellow pages (if you still have one of those), or you can join the rest of us in the 21st century by just using google. Looking to find a Chicago Podiatrist? No sweat. Need to drill down in that search and find something in your own neighborhood? Save some time and just ‘google your suburb and exactly what you need to find such as Naperville Podiatrist or flip it around ie., Podiatrist Bolingbrook. You get the hint!
After my initial consultation, we learned that of course I had severely fallen arches from all of the cross-fit and running. I mean really severe. The Dr. Showed me a few exercises designed to help stretch out the muscles in my heel and foot as well as the frozen water bottle trick. I completely and utterly swear by the frozen water bottle trick. Dr Wellman then suggested that for long term relief it would be imperative that I be fitted for custom orthotics that can be placed in my shoes and would help readjust my foot with each step and alleviate the pain. I was a bit leery at first as I couldn’t help thinking I was one step closer to needing giant Frankenstein shoes or needing a walker with the tennis balls on the feet.
At only 31, I wasn’t ready for that. But what I WAS ready for was to be relieved of the pain.
It took a few weeks for my custom orthotics to come in after they made a casting of my foot, but when they did and I got used to wearing them in my shoes, the difference has been night and day.
If you are suffering from foot pain, you really should take the time to see a chiropractor of foot specialist. DO not wait a moment more than you have to!