Treating And Preventing Plantar Fasciitis

Triathlete—February 4, 2015

Treat or prevent plantar fasciitis with this advice from Dr. Jordan Metzl.

The Symptoms
Nasty pain in the bottom of the foot, especially when running or even taking your first steps out of bed in the morning.

What’s Going On In There?
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue running from your heel bone to the front of your foot. This tissue helps support your foot’s arch and give it shape, and it aids in stability when your foot strikes the ground and then pushes off.

A mild case can turn severe very quickly. Inflammation makes the fascia more prone to microtears, which can lead to debilitating pain. Bad cases can last months.

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