Caution, gradual transition are key to avoiding plantar fasciitis
For many people, the warmer weather offers motivation to get back outside and put the running shoes to good use again. Unfortunately, if you spent the previous months indoors running on a more forgiving treadmill, pounding the hard pavement can be a setup for injury, especially to the feet. One of the more common foot problems is plantar fasciitis — a big word for an annoying and painful condition.
By Kyle Goerl MD, The Wichita Eagle February 26, 2016
|What is plantar fasciitis?|
|The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue located on the underside of the foot. It runs from the inside edge of the heel to the toes. The plantar fascia provides support to the arch and acts as a shock absorber.
When the fascia is overloaded, pain can develop anywhere along the course of the plantar fascia, but most commonly the pain is located where the band of tissue attaches to the inside edge of the heel. With repetitive overloading and over use, the plantar fascia becomes irritated, starts to breakdown, swells, and causes pain.
|Evaluation by a sports medicine physician should include a complete history of your foot problems and a thorough physical exam. The physician will:
|Treating plantar fasciitis usually involves multiple approaches, which may include:
Kyle Goerl is a family medicine and sports medicine physician at Via Christi Clinic Family Medicine Clinic on Emporia, Kansas.
Source The Wichita Eagle
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