Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms of Sore Feet

Plantar fasciitis symptoms are most notable upon first arising in the morning. Heel pain and foot pain, often severe, when you walk is commonly considered the determining factor of this condition.

What is plantar fasciitis?

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On the bottom of your feet is a thick band of tissue running from the heel toward the toes. This tissue is known as the plantar fascia. When this tissue is inflamed, you get the pain. The most common complaint of suffers is a stabbing pain with your first steps in the morning. After several steps, the pain normally decreases. But will return after periods of inactivity or long periods of standing throughout the day.

This condition is common to runners, factory workers (long periods of standing), pregnant woman and overweight persons.

Additional symptoms are…

  • Limited range of motion of the foot may present. You may notice difficulty flexing your toes up towards your knees.
  • Gradual onset of symptoms are noted for most people.
  • Tight calf muscles may also be evident.
  • Higher incidence of running knee pain.
  • Condition may lead to bone heel spurs as calcium deposits around injury.

The plantar fasciitis night splint keeps the foot immobilized in a resting position while you sleep. It also has the benefit of keeping the blankets off your feet, which provides its own relief.

This ailment is difficult to treat because we spend so much time on our feet every day. Treating symptoms is only managing the complaints. A cure means that the condition no longer exists.

What causes sore feet?

Walking too much, running, jogging and being long on your feet are considered causes of plantar fasciitis.


Your feet are meant for walking/running and that’s just what they’ll do. Reminds me of that song, “These boots were made for walking,” a 1966 hit.

Well they are!

More likely, the cause is lazy foot. Feet trapped in shoes 12-18 hours a day lose their muscle tone, flexibility and ability to carry a load. Do you even remember what your feet look like?

Take your shoes off and look at your feet for a moment here. Move them around…wiggle your toes…spread your toes. Aren’t they remarkable?

What contributes to plantar fasciitis symptoms?

There are mechanical and physiological conditions that can cause or contribute to plantar fasciitis…

  1. Anatomical issues with feet. Having flat feet or arches that are too high can cause the tissue to stretch or work non-optimally resulting in foot pain.

  2. Wearing poor shoes or worn shoes will contribute to this problem. Shoes that just do not fit right whether too tight, too small or too big mean that there is a constant pressure and strain on the feet. No wonder you end up hurting.

  3. Women who are pregnant have increased weight. They also have changes in hormones that can cause a relaxing or loosening of the ligaments making them prone to difficulties.

  4. Sudden increases in your running mileage that fails to allow your body to adapt.

  5. Tight calf muscles will tend to pull and strain on the tissue across the heel and bottom of the feet.

  6. Being overweight is a cause in that it is just too much work to expect feet to perform when the muscles are already weak and not functioning properly.

  7. Nutritional deficiencies will cause a breakdown of body systems leading to disease and even nuisance injuries. Supplying the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs daily can both help to heal and prevent other more serious conditions.

Treatments for plantar fasciitis symptoms vary because there is no one answer that works for everyone. Often a combination of approaches gets relief.

Learn about plantar fasciitis exercises that strengthen your feet and help in the treatment and prevention of this condition.

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