Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFPosted by Carol on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004028)
Causes of PF determined by patient or doctor:
Running on hard surfaces
Poorly fitting shoes
Standard shift car
Any others? Please add to list.
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFRick on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004037)
As general causes, I would add two: (1) 'biomechanical abnormalities,' which could encompass such things as improper gait while running and compensating for other injuries of the lower extremeties, hips or back; and (2) Too much of an increase in 'normal' activity (for example, runners are advised not to increase distance or intensity more than 10% in a week).
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFDiane F. on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004045)
Think you can add : retail or jobs with constant standing,moving or standing in one place.
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFalex on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004046)
Probably should add:
running on sand
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFsuzi on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004054)
I would add step aerobics and avoiding wearing shoes that hurt the feet just to look good
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFSally T. on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004055)
Also add living life as a normal human being!
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFJennifer carol on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004072)
I agree on the aerobics and I add too much walking, standing at work all day, Stairmasters!
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFHelene on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004082)
PF, in addition to all the causes everyone mentioned, can be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or by Lyme Disease. My doctor did a research paper on 'Foot & Ankle Disorders' Resulting from Lyme Disease. He mentions PF as one of the disorders. When I first developed PF 7 years ago (which I still have), I was tested numerous times for RA & Lyme. So, if all of the others causes mentioned don't seem to apply, then maybe it's worth looking into.
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFSue on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004100)
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFElise on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004127)
Can you get me additional info on the paper that points to a connection between Lyme disease and PF? When I first got my PF, I tested positive for exposure to Lyme disease and was treated for it with antibiotics for 3 weeks. However, my primary doctor, rheumatologist and infectious disease specialist all said there is no connection between Lyme and PF.
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFKarlen on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004137)
I am very interested in the connection between Lyme disease and PF, too. Anybody know where we can get more info??
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFSuzie on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004140)
Add: Digging with a shovel in the garden (especially in hard dirt)
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFBarbara on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004141)
Incorrect pronation--usually genetic. Pronation is the way you walk, caused by the shape and structure of the foot which is caused by genes!
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFLisa on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004160)
Incorrect pronation is what caused mine. It not only caused the PF but it also caused ankle and knee problems.
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFHelene on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004161)
There can be a connection between Lyme & PF, Elise. I think your drs. are wrong. I, too, tested positive for Lyme when I first developed PF. Took antibiotic for 8 wks. Felt somewhat better for a while, but my PF came back. So I don't know if I ever actually had Lyme, or if I even have it now. I was told my test results could be a 'false positive.' The research paper was published in 'Foot and Ankle', Vol. 11, No. 4, Feb. 1991. I have a copy of it. I can send it to you if you want it.
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PFChris on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004182)
I would add gardening on a hillside.
Be careful doing anything on hills.
Re: Causes-let's summarize to prevent future PF - CLARIFICATIONRick on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004190)
Hi Barbara and others,
In the world of bio-mechanics, over-pronation is an excessive inward turning of the feet. 80% or more of the U.S. population exhibit some degree of pronation. The opposite of this phenomenon is supination - a turning outward of the feet. Excessive pronation and excessive supination can cause stress on the plantar fascia and lead to plantar fasciitis. Many running shoes have an anti-pronation design, and thus the issue of over-pronation can be relatively easily addressed. Orthotics are often prescribed as well.
You are correct in that SOME cases of over-pronation are inherited; but biomechanically, your tendencies also develop over time based on the shoes you wear, your activities and the types of stresses to which your feet are exposed. If you suspect biomechanical issues, you should have your gait assessed by a doctor or therapist.
Hope this info helps.