effen saidWhen the problem started were you wearing shoes or barefoot? Obviously you were wearing shoes.
I've never heard of someone with this problem from walking around barefoot too much. You were wearing your current shoes and moving the way you are used to and that's why this happened. The posters who talked about not going barefoot with PF are just adding that in because it hurts to go barefoot with PF.
I make my living as an artist. I normally paint sitting down, but I've had some very large commissions to do lately so I've had to stand up to paint this past summer. I put a table between me and the easel for convenience, however looking back I think the fact that I had to lean forward slightly to paint over that table may have been the root cause of trauma. But not really sure. Other than that, nothing was different.
Sitting for long periods could be the root. Sitting makes your calves get tighter and the fascia associated with it(as well as hamstrings and hip flexors).
A physical therapist with a good SPORTS reputation should be able to give you some type of rehab plan that you could do on your own within 1-2 sessions as long as you call ahead and let them know that is what you want.
Good luck! I've been there
Emphasis on the "sports" since you don't want to be treated like a geriatric!