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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a very common injury that involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue that is called the plantar fascia. This band runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar Fasciitis often causes stabbing pain in your foot and the pain is typically worse in the morning and as your foot loosens up the pain can decrease. Plantar fasciitis occurs if the tension on your plantar fascia becomes too great. This can cause small tears in the fascia, which causes irritations and inflammation. Luckily, plantar fasciitis is treatable with physical therapy, splints, and or orthotics. Physical therapists can give you exercises that stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and exercises that strengthen the lower leg muscles. The night splint stretches your calf and the arch of your foot when you sleep, and orthotics may help distribute the pressure to your feet more evenly. This injury can be frustrating and is unfortunately very common but luckily it can be treated!
“Plantar Fasciitis.” – Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 June 2015.