Kayaking can Take a Toll on Your Plantar Fascia


The plantar fascia is very important to heel function and for activities involving the foot. Kayaking can be an event that requires stability utilizing the whole body, including the foot. This month is the 46th Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta, which is the largest canoe and kayak race in Texas! Unfortunately, Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that can put a damper on your ability to participate in such events as it affects the plantar fascia, which is made of collagen and joins the heel to the toes. It can be caused by an abnormal shape of the foot structure, increased activity such as kayaking, footwear that does not fit correctly or high heels, worn out shoes, uneven surfaces and sudden increases in activity. This condition can cause tears in the plantar fascia that results in inflammation and causes severe aching in the center of the heel. The pain is worse when the foot is kept motionless for long periods of time and least when the foot has been in moderate activity. However, if the foot is put through too much strain or activity, it can also cause significant pain

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Physical therapy can counteract stresses placed on the plantar fascia during high- intensity activities by way of stretching the feet multiple times a day.
  • Stretching the Achilles tendon can help to minimize pain.
  • Stretching the plantar fascia by pulling the toes back so that the feet form an arch can help to increase performance.
  • Surgical procedures may be necessary to correct this condition if methods such as stretching do not alleviate pain.

Kayaking, along with other sporting activities, can put a strain on your heels. Please contact us today to reduce your heel pain. At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849, TX, our team can help you stay active without the heel pain! So, please make an appointment by calling our offices at any of the numbers provided above.