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TopicHealing From the Inside Out

  • Sat 11th Apr 2020 - 6:59am

    If you are reading this with your shoes off, place a couple of fingers at the bottom    Migraine Care Review   of your foot in the center at the arch. While doing so, extend your toes upward, your whole foot now like a cat stretching. Feel that band of fibers nudging out at the bottom? Allow me to handle the introduction: meet your plantar fascia. This fibrous bundle stretches from the heel of the foot to the ball, like a rubber band, providing an added layer of support to the arch. When this tissue becomes inflamed, the resulting condition is called plantar fasciitis.

    This weight-bearing connective tissue is crucial in getting the propulsion one needs to say, dunk a basketball or perform the "Dance of the Little Swans" famous sixteen pas de chat from Swan Lake. While there have been many high-profile cases of planar fasciitis, including Kobe Bryant and Eli Manning, anyone who is on their feet all day, whether in a retail environment, a hospital, a construction site, or a classroom, runs the risk of overtaxing this taut tissue. Many of you are way ahead of me. Many of you rue the day you discovered plantar fasciitis was not a type of deciduous perennial.

    It is just one of those injuries you don't want. Like a pin prodding your heel, the pain is most noticeable first thing in the morning when you stand up out of bed or after long periods of inactivity throughout the day. While there are a plethora of traditional approaches toward taming the inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis, there is no surefire method. Milder techniques range from icing, stretching, and massaging, to purchasing a new pair of tennis shoes with a supportive arch. Yet, for those experiencing chronic inflammation, such measures equate oftentimes to little more than resting a Band-Aid upon one's heel. Plantar fasciitis surgery, on the other hand, is generally recommended as a last resort as the risks are higher than found with most leg and knee surgeries. Complications include nerve damage; and due to the risky nature of the procedure, subsequent surgeries are frequently required.

     

     

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