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Plantar Fasciitis

Information And Treatment

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick tissue (the plantar fascia) on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the arch of the foot. Overuse of this thick tissue band can result in inflammation that makes it painful to walk or run.

A common source of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is typically seen in individuals with flat feet, high arches and tight Achilles tendons as well as obese individuals and long-distance runners. The condition, which often affects individuals between the ages of 40 and 70, is experienced by both women and men.

Although rest, icing and over the counter orthotics are among the most common ways to reduce the inflammation and pain, there are a number of alternative and complementary therapies that can be used to manage discomfort as well. Electro-acupuncture and tui na (a form of hands-on bodywork), for instance, may be a viable means of pain management, according to practitioners of the Eastern healing arts. A firm massage that focuses on the muscles of the lower leg may also help to gradually reduce discomfort that extends down to the heel of the foot as well.