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Can Plantar Fasciitis Cause Knee Pain? Exploring the Connection

Understanding the Link Between Foot and Knee Pain

Can Plantar Fasciitis Cause Knee Pain?

Discover how plantar fasciitis can indirectly lead to knee pain through changes in your walking pattern and overall biomechanics.

The Biomechanical Connection

How Plantar Fasciitis Affects Your Knees

Plantar fasciitis primarily causes heel pain, but the way it alters your gait can have a indirect effect on your knees. When you change how you walk to avoid heel pain, you place additional stress on your knees. 

This altered gait disrupts the foot function, leading to knee issues. Additionally, compensating for the pain by favouring one foot can create an imbalance, further straining your knees. A change in activity due to foot pain can also weaken the muscles that support your knees, exacerbating the problem.

Prevention and Management Strategies


Proper Footwear

Choose shoes with good arch support to minimise stress on your plantar fascia and knees.


Stretch & Strengthen

Incorporate regular stretching and strengthening exercises for your feet and calves to maintain flexibility and reduce pain.


Weight Management

Maintain a healthy weight to reduce the load on your feet and knees, preventing further complications.
Assessment treatment and rehabilitation for Plantar Fasciitis

Consult a Healthcare Professional

If you are experiencing both foot and knee pain, it is crucial to seek the advice of a healthcare professional. A proper diagnosis can help identify the root cause of your discomfort and guide you toward an effective treatment plan. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to further complications, so timely intervention is essential.

Understanding the Connection

Plantar fasciitis can indirectly contribute to knee pain through altered walking patterns and how you move. Consulting a healthcare provider can help you understand this connection better and provide you with strategies to manage both conditions effectively.

Book an Assessment & Gait Analysis

Don’t let plantar fasciitis and knee pain disrupt your life.  Taking proactive steps now can lead to long-term relief and improved mobility.

Can I treat Plantar Fasciitis at home?

If you have this debilitating condition, here are two recommendations to get you started on your home rehabilitation.


1. Download my free guide. This is the first step on your PF recovery journey. I show you the exact steps to resolve plantar fasciitis at home.

2. Follow my social media pages. I offer daily tips, exercises, and the latest insights on PF. You can also connect and learn from others with the same struggles. Join us: Facebook page 


Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there about plantar fasciitis, I often need to educate on what not to do. 


Much of the rehabilitation and recovery  actions online fail, often because they have no diagnosis and rely on guess work simply trying what a search brings up.

Some options often shown are cortisone injections, off the shelf orthotics, ineffective stretching, the wrong shoes or simply rolling on a frozen water bottle.


These methods are either ineffective or just short-term band-aids, and do not provide long-term correction.


In my free guide, I offer solutions through addressing the important multiple factors to reduce pain and to restore proper foot function.



 Identifying areas of weakness in the foot and ankle, and restoring proper foot function is the most important pieces of the plantar fasciitis puzzle.

If you have additional questions about heel pain and plantar fasciitis, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help get you back moving pain free.


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