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Can Plantar Fasciitis Cause Leg Pain?

Written by: Tao Schencks - Updated

Any foot, ankle, walking, running or gait problems can cause leg, back and hip pain and this is the same if you have painful heels or plantar fasciitis.

Sore heels, painful steps first thing in the morning and agony after standing or walking for too long are very common signs and symptoms of foot pain, specifically Plantar Fasciitis.

The fascia ligament that runs from your heel to the ball of your foot becomes torn and inflamed, either through injury, overuse or just simply because it is no longer as tight as it once was.

Plantar Fasciitis can cause referred pain.

There are many causes of Plantar Fasciitis, the most common being that you have not been wearing the most sensible or practical footwear.

If your shoes are not giving you the correct amount of support in the arch and midsole area, this can lead to the fascia tendon becoming over-stretched and may cause it to become damaged, or tear where it attaches to your heel bone.

If this pain causes you to change the way you walk, even slightly, it can lead to leg pain, lower back problems and even neck pain too.

arch support shoes

Wearing shoes like these Converse are also not a great choice if you have plantar fasciitis. Make sure you wear shoes that provide proper arch support and a sturdy, firm heel.

In conclusion

If you have leg pain and also have plantar fasciitis, it is probable that they are linked and are impacting each other. Even a small adjustment to the way you walk or stand will make a big difference to your overall posture which can cause muscle tension, pain or stiffness.

Apart from checking your gait and body position and stretching properly, making sure you see a podiatrist or physio is the most important action you can take.

I have spoken with so many people since starting this website who struggle with terrible foot pain - who have never been to a doctor or podiatrist for treatment!

I understand it can be expensive for some people, but as an investment in yourself and your well-being, it is money well spent.


    Hi, my name is Tao and I suffer from Plantar Fasciitis in both of my feet. My goal is to share information, tips, symptoms, exercises and remedies on this website for others. I am not a doctor or podiatrist, so make sure to read my medical disclaimer page.

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