Risk Check: Who Gets Heel Pain?

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No two people are exactly alike. Even identical twins have some differences—people are individuals with different likes, dislikes, interests, and even health concerns. For example, some people might be more at risk for particular injuries, diseases, or other problems because of their family history, favorite activities, or lifestyle. However, conditions like plantar fasciitis can happen to anyone. Certain factors in your life could be increasing your risks for it, though!Heel pain

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, especially in adults. Strain from excessive or repetitive pressure on the back of your foot overstretches and aggravates your plantar fascia ligament, which attaches to the bottom of your heel bone. The more strain on your plantar fascia over time, the more it swells, tightens, and hurts.

The fact of the matter is that absolutely anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, from athletes to factory workers to housewives. That’s because anyone could be straining their heels, whether they know it or not. Certain people are more likely to suffer from this kind of foot pain, though. That’s because there are risks that add to the stress on your plantar fascia band: 

  • Age – This condition is particularly common between ages 40-60, when adults are active and on their feet frequently.  

  • Weight – Obesity sharply increases your risk for heel pain. The heavier you are, the more pressure is on your heels. 

  • Your activities – Certain exercises and sports, like running, put excessive pressure on the back of your foot. 

  • How much time you spend on your feet – The more hours in a day you spend standing and walking, the more strain you put on your heels.  

  • Your natural biomechanics – Naturally high arches and tight calf muscles stress your heels. 

So while anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, the more you strain your heels, the higher your risks for developing this problem. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent it before it starts, or treat it if you’re already suffering. Stretches, custom orthotics, therapy and more can all be very successful. The key is taking care of it early: this type of heel pain gets harder to treat over time. Let Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you eliminate your heel pain today. Don’t wait any longer than you already have! Contact our offices in Castle Pines, Parker, and Cherry Creek, CO, by calling (303) 805-5156 or through our website.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC
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