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Pile on the Miles 2017– Day 7: Treating and Preventing Plantar fasciitis

Run Eat Repeat—November 7, 2017

Run Eat Repeat interviewed HSS primary care sports medicine physician Marci A. Goolsby, MD in an podcast about how to prevent and treat plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot.

Dr. Goolsby said there are intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to developing plantar fasciitis. She explained that those with a naturally flat foot, high arch or tight calves are more at risk. Additionally, she said that wearing the wrong type of shoe can cause inflammation.

"There may be somebody that has a history of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, and they decide to go with a minimalist or zero drop shoe…. When you’re in a lower or flatter shoe, it can load that area a little bit more," said Dr. Goolsby.

To prevent plantar fasciitis, Dr. Goolsby recommended to not progress running activity too quickly when training for a marathon.

"The flexibility work and strength training is a really critical part if you’re going to be training for a race," she added.

Dr. Goolsby said that there are multiple approaches to treating plantar fasciitis, including anti-inflammatories, icing the area, stretching and avoiding activities that aggravate the foot.

Listen to the full podcast at RunEatRepeat.com

 

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