Feet are tasked with supporting the full weight of your body every day. It is the natural design of the human foot and body to absorb the shocks that are created by each footfall, and why you typically will never feel each striking shock. Still, a lot of people have sore, aching feet. There is any number of disorders of the foot that could be the reason, but plantar fasciitis is a leading cause. Here is how to tell if the pain you feel in your feet is attributed to plantar fasciitis.

Your Heels Are Excruciating

Is a lot of the pain you currently feel is in the balls of your heels? It may feel like someone is driving thousands of hot needles into the bottoms of your heels. The plantar fascia tendons are attached toward the backs of your heels, and when they are overstretched, the pain of hot pins and needles in your heels is one result. You will probably try to compensate for this very unpleasant situation by trying to walk less on your heels or rolling your feet to one side to avoid striking the heels directly on the ground as you walk. Doing so increases pain on the sides of your heels, making your heels all around excruciatingly painful. 

From Heel to Ball of the Foot, It Feels Like Walking on Hot Coals

As previously mentioned, the plantar fascias run from heel to the ball of the foot. These stretchy bands of tissue run along the full lengths of the bottoms of your feet. When your feet become very flat as a result of either genetics or being overweight, these bands of tissue are stretched to the max. They cannot contract and relax as they should. This leads to the entire bottoms of your feet feeling like you are walking on hot, burning coals. Combined with the heel pain you have, it becomes incredibly painful to stand and walk at all.

Moving Your Big Toe Hurts Too

The ball of your foot is comprised of the big toe joint at its base, and the toe joints of the next couple of smaller toes. Moving your big toe slightly causes twinges of shooting pain. This is the last and final sign that your foot pain is plantar fasciitis. Seeing a podiatrist can help.

For more information about plantar fasciitis, reach out to a clinic like Advanced Foot Clinic.