is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The Plantar Fascia is a ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone on the arch of the foot. The injury can occur at any age, but is most common in middle-aged people or young people who are on their feet throughout the day. It is often slow to develop and can be extremely painful and debilitating. Typical symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis are: Stabbing heel pain, inflammation, and trouble walking. Plantar Fasciitis is avoidable, but often difficult to notice in the early stages. Stay alert and on your feet with these five steps to prevent Plantar Fasciitis:
Take care of your feet: If you are required to stand most of the day at work, consider standing on a rubber mat to alleviate pressure. If you develop Plantar Fasciitis, it is the perfect opportunity to get yourself a Great Foot Massage!
Watch your weight: An extra five to ten pounds keeps you out of your favorite jeans, and adds extra pressure to your feet. To save money on new pants and avoid foot pain, try to stay at a healthy weight and remain active.
STRETCH: Stretch your Achilles Tendon and Calf In the morning and before working out. While sitting, place a towel around the arch of your foot and pull both ends back toward your chest. Repeat this stretch throughout the day to reduce tightness and sidestep pain.
Proper arch support: Arch support is a great way to thwart Plantar Fasciitis. If you feel pain in your foot, pick a new pair of shoes with a cushioned sole and arch support. *If you use a heel wedge, use it in both shoes!
Don’t “Tough it Out”: Consult your doctor if you fear you might be developing Plantar Fasciitis. Take off your shoes and kick up your feet whenever you have the chance and let those puppies breathe! If left untreated, Plantar Fasciitis can develop into even more painful Heel Spurs. Heel Spurs are much harder to treat and often result in cortisone injections or therapy.
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