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What Not to Do with Plantar Fasciitis: Things to Avoid When You Have Plantar Fasciitis

What not to do with Plantar Fasciitis? There are things to avoid when you have Plantar Fasciitis. It is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. It is a common cause of heel pain and can result in discomfort and stiffness, particularly during the first steps after periods of inactivity or prolonged standing. The condition is often associated with repetitive stress or strain on the plantar fascia, leading to micro-tears and inflammation.

What not to do with plantar fasciitis

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High-Impact Activities:
Avoid activities that place significant stress on the feet and heels, such as running, jumping, or high-impact aerobics.

Prolonged Standing or Walking:
Minimize standing or walking for extended periods, especially on hard surfaces.

Improper Footwear:
Avoid shoes with inadequate support, high heels, or shoes with minimal cushioning, as they can exacerbate plantar fasciitis symptoms.

Barefoot Walking:
Refrain from walking barefoot, especially on hard or uneven surfaces, as it can strain the plantar fascia.

Tight or Ill-Fitting Shoes:
Avoid wearing tight, narrow, or ill-fitting shoes that can compress the foot and aggravate the condition.

Sudden Increases in Activity:
Gradually increase your physical activity levels and avoid sudden spikes in exercise intensity to prevent additional strain on the plantar fascia.

Walking or Running on Uneven Terrain:
Steer clear of uneven or unstable surfaces that can increase the risk of injury to the feet and worsen plantar fasciitis.

Ignoring Pain Signals:
Listen to your body and avoid pushing through severe foot pain, as it can lead to further damage and prolonged recovery.

Neglecting Stretching and Exercises:
Avoid neglecting prescribed stretching and strengthening exercises for the feet, calves, and Achilles tendon that can help manage plantar fasciitis.

Excessive Weight Gain:
Strive to maintain a healthy weight or achieve weight loss if needed, as excess weight puts added stress on the plantar fascia and can exacerbate symptoms.


In conclusion, managing plantar fasciitis requires a thoughtful approach to everyday activities and lifestyle choices.

By embracing a proactive approach and avoiding activities that strain the feet, we empower ourselves to take charge of our health. Opting for supportive footwear, engaging in gentle exercises, and seeking professional guidance can pave the path to healing and relief.

They can perform a thorough evaluation, diagnose the cause, and recommend appropriate treatment such as surgery to alleviate the swelling and address any related health concerns.

Dr. Darren Leavitt is your dedicated foot surgeon, leading the way at Calgary Foot Surgery.

Dr. Darren Leavitt, currently maintains privileges at Riverview Surgical Centre in Calgary, an Alberta Health Services certified outpatient facility where he performs his private elective procedures.


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