Plantar fasciitis, the most common culprit for heel pain in adults, is caused by over-stretching and irritation in the plantar fascia band. This ligament attaches to the underside of your heel bone and runs the length of your sole to attach to your toes. It supports the arch and helps your foot absorb shock by stretching slightly when you take a step. However, too much pressure, repetitive impacts, and general overuse can strain the plantar fascia and contribute to micro-tears in the tissue. The ligament grows inflamed, irritated, and swollen, thickening and stiffening as a result.Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but it’s particularly common among athletes who subject their feet to a lot of pressure, people with faulty foot biomechanics, and those who stand or walk for work. Getting older and being overweight increases your risk for this condition, too. The only way to eliminate the pain is to get it treated—and sooner rather than later. Let Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you live pain-free. Contact our offices in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, and Parker, CO at (303) 805-5156 or online for more information or an appointment.