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Did you know:

1. Plantar fasciitis affects the underside of the foot and the heel, due to inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia connects the heel to the toes in a thick band of tissue.

2. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it also tightens, both of which cause pain in the heel and arches of the affected foot. The pain is usually worst in the morning, and feels better as the day goes on because the plantar fascia has loosened up and becomes more limber with movement. Eventually, the more you are on your feet, the pain will come back again.  It is a vicious and depressing cycle.

3. Around two million people in the United States a year have plantar fasciitis. In a lifetime, 10 percent of the population will experience the condition.

4. Generally, plantar fasciitis develops gradually and occurs in only one foot. The pain may include spasms that feel like a stretching rubber band down the underside of the foot, and always includes sharp pain in the heel.

5. Plantar fasciitis typically develops in people between the ages of 40 and 60, but it affects women more often than men.

6. Early onset of the condition may occur in those who frequently do certain kinds of athletics, such as runners and dancers, and in those who are required to stand frequently due to their profession. It may also be present in those who have just started a workout program.

7. Obesity, bad feet, and wearing shoes with no arch support all contribute to plantar fasciitis as well.

8. Plantar fasciitis can become a chronic condition if it is not treated. Since plantar fasciitis changes the affected individual’s walking pattern, it can lead to problems in the knees, hips and back (This is major factor for injuries)

Plantar Fasciitis can make someone feel like that they will not be able to return to the activities that they want.

A quick internet search will give a number of remedies including: ice, rest, night splints, stretching, shoe inserts and many more.

But….there is a way!  Usually the internet searches give the basic stretches and pain relief techniques for short term effects.

If the big picture is addressed then long term results are obtainable.  Imagine being able to return to that work out program you had started, play with your children/grandchildren pain free again or just be able to walk barefoot without pain again.  Heck, to make that first step out of bed in the morning without a rude awakening.

Follow the next few blogs to learn what the long term approach to treating plantar fasciitis looks like.


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