What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the foot caused by excessive wear to the connective tissue under the foot that supports the natural arch in the foot. The pain usually is felt on the near the heel and is often most intense with the first steps of the day.

It is commonly associated with being on your feet for long periods of time or sudden changes in weight bearing or activity. Obesity, weight gain, jobs that require a lot of walking on hard surfaces, shoes with little or no arch support, and inactivity are also associated with the condition.

It is important to ensure that you are wearing appropriate footwear at all times, especially during physical activity, long distance walking, or at your job that may require standing for long periods of time. Ensure you have good arch support in your footwear. You can always purchase extra arch support insoles from your local grocery store, local mall, or local Health store. If these insoles are insufficient, you may need to see a health care provider that will make custom insoles.

Remember, your whole body is connected. If you have knee, back, or neck problems, they may be stemming from a misalignment from your feet.

Vitamin C is a known to be very beneficial to tendon and ligament health. Eating many vitamin C enriched foods will be beneficial, and you can always supplement with vitamin C. Also, stretching your feet and legs may make a very big difference!

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND January 07, 2009 6 tags (show)

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