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Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

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Plantar Fasciitis - Tuesday, October 2, 2007There are many causes of heel pain. If you are overweight, have flat feet, or do a lot of standing or walking, you’re more likely to experience this discomfort.

Plantar fasciitis refers to an inflammation of the fibrous tissue that runs along the sole of the foot. It results in sharp pain in the bottom of the heel. The pain is most pronounced in the morning, especially when taking that first step out of bed. It also can flare after you have been sitting a while. Many factors can lead to this condition.

Being overweight, having flat feet or high arches, tight calf muscles, or having a job that requires a lot of standing or walking can lead to plantar fasciitis. 90% of individuals with plantar fasciitis are better within 9 months. Conservative measures are usually effective. Some of the ways plantar fasciitis can be treated is with rest, orthotics, stretches or anti-inflammatory medications.

Exercises may help speed recovery. Practice picking up a towel or sock with your toes to strengthen the small muscles in the bottom of the foot. Calf stretches will help improve flexibility. Do them with the leg straight and also with a little bend at the knee. Try this seated stretch barefoot: grasp your toes & pull your foot backwards toward the shin. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Release and repeat a few times.

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