What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a foot injury caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia and is most commonly found in highly active individuals. In addition, individuals who are highly overweight or wear shoes without the proper support of the arch of your foot are also at risk. The plantar fascia is a ligament located on the bottom of your foot and runs from your toes all the way to your heel bone. When this ligament is exposed to a repeated amount of stress, tiny fibers in the ligament will begin to tear causing severe pain and swelling. In order to prevent plantar fasciitis, individuals should try and maintain a healthy weight, participate in exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon, and wear shoes that adequately support the foot. For those that are currently experiencing plantar fasciitis, make sure to rest your feet as much as possible, consider wearing a night splint to gently stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia ligament throughout the night, and most importantly participate in strengthening and stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Some exercises that will be helpful in reducing plantar fasciitis include the calf stretch, towel stretch, and heel raises as pictured below.xplanfa1 3 What is Plantar Fasciitis?

 

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