Plantar Fasciitis has been described by many people as the worst pain they’ve ever experienced.
It’s estimated that 3.5 million Americans suffer from this each year!
The Mayo Clinic reports that, “The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up after sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.” And that is more common in runners but not exclusively.
If left untreated, you won’t be able to walk or stand without extreme discomfort. In some cases, surgery is required.
Risk Factors include: Age, Obesity, Foot Mechanics, Standing Occupations, Certain Types of Exercise
According to FootCareMD, people with navicular stress fractures usually have a gradual onset of aching pain across the top and/or middle of the foot. The pain usually improves with rest and support but then returns when activity resumes.
A navicular stress fracture is a crack or breaks in the navicular bone, which is a boat-shaped bone in the middle of the foot. These fractures often are due to overuse, ongoing forces, and/or stress on the bone rather than a sudden injury.
A stiff sole with sufficient arch support is listed as a preventative measure.