Structural Risk Factors
In terms of foot structure, individuals are more at risk of developing plantar fasciitis if they have one of the following foot structures. The first, as many might suspect, is a flat foot. The arch in the typical foot protects the plantar fascia and enables it to manage the demands of daily use. A flat foot, unfortunately, puts the plantar fascia under additional stress when walking and may cause small tears, which can eventually result in the irritation and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis. Extremely high arches, another abnormality in foot structure, also puts more stress on the plantar fascia. Individuals are also at an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis if they have tight Achilles tendons (heel cords), once again because of the stress tight Achilles tendons put on the feet.
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