Active adults and athletes are the most common victims of plantar fasciitis. This includes runners, joggers, golfers, tennis players, basketball players, basically any sport that requires repetitive movements combined with impact on the heel and arch of the foot.
Another leading cause of plantar fasciitis is being overweight. The daily stress of walking with excess weight straining the plantar fascia can lead to inflammation and heel pain.
Anyone whose job requires long periods of standing or walking is also prone to the development of plantar fasciitis. In fact, plantar fasciitis used to be commonly known as “policeman’s heel” because of the heel pain experienced by many policemen from being on their feet so long on foot patrol “walking the beat”.
If left untreated, the pain associated with plantar fasciitis can lead to problems in other parts of your body such as your knees, legs, hips and back.