Can driving cause plantar fasciitis?

My commute requires me to spend long hours behind the wheel, often resulting in some pain and discomfort in my ankle and heel. Pain-relieving medication helps for temporary relief, but I’m worried my driving habits are resulting in a more serious medical problem. Is it possible to develop plantar fasciitis or a similar ailment as the result of excessive driving?

Ethan Daniel Moser · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling with discomfort from an activity like driving—which should ideally be an
enjoyable experience
. Unfortunately, data reveals that excessive driving can lead to plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, particularly in the right foot, as the result of repetitive plantar flexion—also known as the action needed to press on the gas and brake pedals.
Here are some ways you can help avoid plantar fasciitis while driving:
  • Take frequent breaks during long
    road trips
    to stretch your legs and enhance blood flow
  • Wear shoes that fit properly, are comfortable, and are shock absorbent, like a sneaker as opposed to a high heel
  • Engage in aftercare like foot rubs and applying ice to relieve tension after long drives
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