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What causes plantar fasciitis?
Some common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
Overtraining (especially long-distance running, walking, jogging or stair climbing)
Conditions like arthritis or diabetes
Poor foot anatomy and mechanics, such as flat feet, high arches or abnormal weight distribution
Inadequate shoes (type, fit, cushioning) and wearing high heels
What can be done to ease the pain of plantar fasciitis?
Treatment is most successful when started as soon as the symptoms and pain first occur. If treatment is limited or postponed, the condition can become chronic (it may lead to a bone spur) and much more difficult to treat. Typical treatment includes:
Stretch and massage the calf and arch of the foot, especially in the morning. Many times stretching alone will alleviate the problem. One effective stretch is to stand on the edge of a step or stair while holding onto a railing or wall for support. Let your heel hang off the back edge of the step (one at a time) until you feel a stretch. Hold this for stretch for one to five minutes and repeat several times a day.
Resting from exercising
Ice and anti-inflammatory medicine to decrease the inflammation
Arch supports (orthotics), especially if you have very flat or extremely high arches
If the pain does not lessen with these treatments or if the pain has been presents for months then you should see a doctor.
What is Achilles tendinopathy?
Achilles tendinopathy refers to both Achilles tendinitis (an inflamation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf to the heel bone) and Achilles tendinosis (tiny tears in and around the tendon). While many doctors refer to all Achilles pain as tendinopathy, tendinosis is actually much more common. Continued ›
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. As a SparkPeople editor, she’s able to combine her love of writing with her passion for health and fitness to help other people achieve their goals. When she’s not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.
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