Plantar fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position. Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

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Plantar fasciitis

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Table of Contents Chapter 1: What is Plantar Fasciitis ............................ 1 Chapter 2: What causes Plantar Fasciitis ................... 2 Causes ............................................................................ 2 Risk Factors .................................................................... 2 Complications .................................................................. 3 Chapter 3: How to treat Plantar Fasciitis ....................... 4 Medications ................................................................... 4 Therapies ...................................................................... 4 Surgical or other procedures ......................................... 5

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Plantar Fasciitis 1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plantar Fasciitis Page 1 Chapter 1: What is Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position. Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

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Plantar Fasciitis 2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plantar Fasciitis Page 2 Chapter 2: What causes Plantar Fasciitis Causes Under normal circumstances your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring supporting the arch in your foot. If tension on that bowstring becomes too great it can create small tears in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed. Risk Factors Factors that may increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:  Age. Plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 and 60.  Certain types of exercise. Activities that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue such as long-distance running ballet dancing and dance aerobics can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis.  Faulty foot mechanics. Being flat-footed having a high arch or even having an abnormal pattern of walking can adversely affect the way weight is distributed when youre standing and put added stress on the plantar fascia.  Obesity. Excess pounds put extra stress on your plantar fascia.  Occupations that keep you on your feet. Factory workers teachers and others who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces can damage their plantar fascia.

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Plantar Fasciitis 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plantar Fasciitis Page 3 Complications Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities. If you change the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain you might also develop foot knee hip or back problems.

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Plantar Fasciitis 4 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plantar Fasciitis Page 4 Chapter 3: How to treat Plantar Fasciitis Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatments in just a few months. Medications Pain relievers such as ibuprofen Advil Motrin IB others and naproxen Aleve may ease the pain and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis. Therapies Stretching and strengthening exercises or use of specialized devices may provide symptom relief. These include:  Physical therapy. A physical therapist can instruct you in a series of exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and to strengthen lower leg muscles which stabilize your ankle and heel. A therapist may also teach you to apply athletic taping to support the bottom of your foot.  Night splints. Your physical therapist or doctor may recommend wearing a splint that stretches your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep. This holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight and facilitates stretching.  Orthotics. Your doctor may prescribe off-the-shelf heel cups cushions or custom-fitted arch supports orthotics to help distribute pressure to your feet more evenly.

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Plantar Fasciitis 5 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plantar Fasciitis Page 5 Surgical or other procedures When more-conservative measures arent working your doctor might recommend:  Steroid shots. Injecting a type of steroid medication into the tender area can provide temporary pain relief. Multiple injections arent recommended because they can weaken your plantar fascia and possibly cause it to rupture as well as shrink the fat pad covering your heel bone.  Extracorporeal shock wave therapy. In this procedure sound waves are directed at the area of heel pain to stimulate healing. Its usually used for chronic plantar fasciitis that hasnt responded to more-conservative treatments. This procedure may cause bruises swelling pain numbness or tingling and has not been shown to be consistently effective.  Surgery. Few people need surgery to detach the plantar fascia from the heel bone. Its generally an option only when the pain is severe and all else fails. Side effects include a weakening of the arch in your foot. If you are someone who likes to learn by doing then these must see plantar fasciitis pain relieving video by clicking on the link below to go to the site of Greg Hunter Founder of: PlantarFaciitisTips.com

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