More on Plantar Fasciitis

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What do you do when your feet hurt?  Do you just shrug it off?  Do you rub absently at the ache in the hopes that it will go away?  What if the ache didn’t go away and just got worse?

The Plantar Fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to your toes.  It supports the arch of your foot.
Excessive pronation (when your foot rolls toward the inside), if your arch is very high or if your feet are flat, if your shoes don’t fit well, if your calf muscles or your Achilles tendon are extremely tight, if you’re overweight, if you run, walk or stand on hard surfaces for a long time.  These are all things that can contribute to plantar faciitis.  There are over 3 million cases a year.
The ache can be unbearable.  We rely on our feet for so much and yet we mistreat them on a regular basis.  We cram them in shoes that are a smidgen too small.  Flimsy shoes that provide no support, because they’re quick and easy to slide on.  Shoes that force our feet into convoluted positions for extended periods of time, putting our calves into a flexed position, makes our hamstrings and quads work harder and our gluteal muscles into overtime.
For small amounts of time, they’re not that bad, but 8+ hours a day?  Do you keep your feet stuffed into awkward positions the whole time?  Do you take your feet out of your shoes at the office and rub them?  Roll them over a ball or a frozen bottle of water to relieve the ache.
What to do?  There are options.  You can do stretches*not excessively*, reduce the amount of time you spend on your feet on hard surfaces, ice, orthotics, get a massage. Of course, if these don’t help then you can head to your doctor.  They might give you the option of a steroid shot or a splint that you can wear.  Surgery is an option as well though most doctors don’t/won’t recommend that unless you’ve been suffering for 6-12 months.  Ouch!  Mind you, only 5% of people diagnosed have surgery and that leans more towards professional athletes.

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