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PLANTAR FASCIITIS AND PREGNANCY

If you’re pregnant, you probably can’t wait to get home and put your feet up. If your feet hurt, you might have plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects about 10 percent of the population - and probably occurs more frequently in pregnant women, according to Phil Vasyli, podiatrist and founder of Orthaheel, and Dr. Andrew Weil of Integrative Footwear. "The result is a sharp pain in the heel, especially after you’ve been sitting for a while, or when you wake up in the morning,” said Dr. Alan Berman, a podiatrist at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group in Carmel, New York.

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Podiatrists Phil Vasyli and Alan Berman

You might think a shoe insert for your heel would help, but Berman said, “If you don’t support the arch, it’s not as efficient.” Any drugstore shoe insert will do, according to Berman. Also, nix the flimsy flip-flop and flat sandal and look for a shoe that has good arch support. If the pain doesn’t get better, consider seeing a podiatrist or an orthopedist. Plantar fasciitis can linger for weeks, months and even years after pregnancy. It all depends on your body, Berman said.

Source: Julie Revelant, Fox News  

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

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