MD Podiatrist Explains Plantar Fasciitis

Imagine the arch of your foot is the arch of a wooden bow. The plantar fascia is this taut string between the two ends of the bow – the ball of the foot and the heel. Every step a person takes, the arch of the foot collapses under their weight, and the plantar fascia stretches, says Dan Michaels, DPM.
After thousands of daily steps over decades, the plantar fascia can sometimes say, “I’ve had enough,” Dr. Michaels said. “You can get plantar fasciitis from running off a bus,” Micahels said. “When you land on the front part of your foot, your heel is in the air and you’re asking the plantar fascia, for a split second, to bear the whole brunt of your body’s weight.”