You may have heard of scar tissue before. When most people think of scar tissue, they think of the scar that forms as a result of a surgical procedure. Scar tissue also forms as a result of a repetitive stress as in plantar fasciitis.
I have treated hundreds of cases of plantar fasciitis in my office and I make an effort to educate them on how it develops. I explain that scar tissue is the underlying cause and many of them will question, what causes plantar fasciitis scar tissue?
Dr. Angela Walk
Specializing in Foot & Gait Mechanics
What Causes Scar Tissue In The Feet?
Scar tissue is a collection of cells and collagen that covers the site of the injury. People can develop scar tissue as a result of an injury or from surgery. When a person has an injury, the body responds by repairing the damaged tissue by laying down these areas of scar tissue.
Scar tissue also forms as a result of a repetitive stress. It is also referred to as fascial adhesions, fascial restrictions, or simply “knots.” Think of scar tissue as the body’s duct tape.
For example, in the case of plantar fasciitis, if you walked too far in bad shoes, you overwhelmed the structural integrity of the plantar fascia and create small injuries also known as micro-trauma.
The body will lay down a quick "patch" to aid in healing these small injuries and that is known as scar tissue formation.
Unfortunately, over time, this scar tissue will build-up and accumulate and they start to affect the normal function of the muscles and fascia.