Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of foot and heel pain. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It is attached to the heel bone and connects to each of the toes, and provides strength and support to the arch of the foot. Fasciitis occurs when this band of tissue gets strained or irritated.

The symptoms of fasciitis are pain in the arch and heel of the foot. The pain is most noticeable when first standing up and walking, or after walking and running or standing for a long time. People, who have high arches, participate in athletics and do a lot of running and high impact activities are often prone to get fasciitis or wearing flat shoes with no arch support.

Simple measures can often be taken to lessen the symptoms. Decreasing the amount of activity may be helpful. Daily stretching of the plantar fasciitis and the calf muscles should be done and ice

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can be applied to the area 2 to 3 times a day.

Perhaps the most important thing would be to wear shoes with a good arch support or using shoe inserts called orthotics. Ibuprofen may provide short term relief.

“Remember you are never alone because wherever you are, God got there first.”

Jean Peikert, RN

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