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Why is Plantar Fasciitis common in the spring and summer? | Warm Weather Warning

Updated: Jun 18, 2019

Your outdoor activities have increased and your footwear has changed with the weather. You find cute, inexpensive sandals at your local shoe store and wear them for a day at the park. However, all of a sudden, you feel a striking ache at the bottom of your foot, but can’t figure out what is causing the foot pain. This pain could be Plantar Fasciitis – the most common type of heel pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

In simple terms, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the fascia. Plantar fasciitis can cause a burning pain that usually occurs when you stand up after resting for a long period of time. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain at the bottom of your foot. The pain can gradually develop over time but not everyone develops plantar fasciitis at the same rate or experiences the same pain. Some people describe the pain as dull, while others experience a sharp or burning pain. Although symptoms may vary from one person to another, common causes remain the same.

Why is Plantar Fasciitis common in the spring and summer?

The warm weather of summertime can add to plantar fasciitis symptoms:

Activity Most people are more active in the summer – exercising, walking and running more- and that repetitive activity can put stress on your heels. When the tendons in your heels become weak and stressed, inflammation can occur causing plantar fasciitis symptoms to appear.

Shoes People trade in their shoes and boots for flip-flops and sandals and going barefoot in the summertime. Going barefoot and these warm weather shoes provide much less support, which can put more strain on your muscles and tendons.

Other contributing factors of plantar fasciitis:

- If you are a runner or participate in activities with a lot of jumping, or you’re overweight, these factors can cause stress on the plantar fascia resulting in swelling, inflammation and even small tears in the fascia.

- A job or hobby that requires a considerable amount of standing can irritate the ligament.

- The incidence of plantar fasciitis increases in those over 40.

- The swelling and pain from arthritis in the toes can alter how you walk resulting in stress and pain on the bottom of the foot.

-High heels. A sad but true fact, those fashionable shoes can irritate that tendon on the bottom of your foot.



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