Plantar fasciitis symptoms and causes: Overpronation explained

March 25, 2011 at 9:01 am in Healthy Living by VN Editors

If you’re doing research about plantar fasciitis, you’re likely to run into the term “over pronation” or “overpronation.” It’s one of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis symptoms.

Over pronation is a condition where you have too much movement of the foot when you walk, causing pressure and stress leading to serious heel and foot pain. The condition can begin at birth – and is often called “flat feet” or it can be caused by aging, repetitive strain, or wear and tear on the muscles, causing them to weaken and as a result, the foot turns inward.

For women, over pronation can become a problem — and lead to plantar fasciitis symptoms — if you’re walking and standing in high heels for long periods of time. In fact, any shoes that fail to provide adequate arch support can cause over pronation and plantar fasciitis. Sufferers complain of pain in the arch of the foot and feeling unsteady on their feet.

Over pronation also causes the foot to turn outward causing you to walk along the inner portion of the foot. This action causes serious pain through the heel and ankle and can also cause knee and lower back pain. It also causes sinking arches, stress on bones, ligaments and tendons in the foot, and — when the fibrous tissue of the plantar fascia ligament, which runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes damaged or torn — leads to plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can generate serious pain in the heel of the foot and if left untreated, can cause even more severe damage to the plantar fascia. Heel spurs may yield similar pain and discomfort in the heel and can even occur at the same time as plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs are a bony growth that forms at the front bottom portion of the heel bone, usually where the plantar fasciitis connects to the bone.

Over pronation, and plantar fasciitis, can often be relieved through orthotic inserts. Other forms of treatment include night splints and taping.

Discover more simple, effective and affordable plantar fasciitis treatments for foot pain relief by downloading our free white paper, Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: 5 Quick Fixes for Immediate Foot Pain Relief.

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