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Preventing And Dealing Wth Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that causes a lot of pain and can affect your everyday life if you aren't careful to do what you can to prevent and/or treat it. If you have plantar fasciitis or you fear you may be at risk, then you should read the information in this article so you can learn about the risk factors for the condition and things you can do to treat the pain.  

Risk factors of plantar fasciitis

This foot condition is caused by the ligament that runs along your foot getting strained. If the straining is bad enough or continues, then it can also lead to small rips and tears along the ligament making the condition even worse.

There are some things you can do that can increase your chances of this ligament getting strained. A few examples of some of the things that can strain the ligament include being overweight, not wearing shoes with supportive arches, standing for long periods of time, standing for a long time on hard surfaces, and not properly stretching your Achilles tendons before exercising.

Managing the pain of plantar fasciitis

When you have a flair up of this condition, it can make it very hard for you to put any pressure on your feet. It is generally the hardest to deal with first thing in the morning. When you have an active case of plantar fasciitis, there are some things that you can do to help get relief from some of the pain.

The first thing you want to do is to start your morning with a foot rub, even before you get out of bed. Rub along your tendon, gently stretching your foot length-wise. Spend a little extra time massaging the heels of your feet, since these can be the areas that tend to hurt the worst.

Freeze a small water bottle and use it on the bottom of your feet. Set the water bottle on the floor and put your foot on it while wearing a thin sock. Move your foot forward and backward on the water bottle until you feel some relief.

An over the counter anti-inflammatory will help to decrease the inflammation and this can also help to decrease the pain of the condition.

Now that you have a clearer understanding of how to avoid plantar fasciitis and what to do if you do happen to have a flair up, you will be in a better position to keep your feet feeling better.