“Plantar fasciitis is a fairly common and treatable overuse injury,” John Powers, DPM, a podiatrist with Northwest Allied Foot & Ankle, said. Left untreated, it can become a chronic condition that prevents you from maintaining your activity level. It can also cause knee, hip, and back problems. It can even change the way you walk. Footwear with proper arch and heel support is the best way to try to prevent foot pain and injuries, but if you find yourself with a diagnosis or suspected case of plantar fasciitis, there are some steps you can take at home.
|Drs. John Powers and Timothy Short
“First, consider keeping weight off your foot until the initial inflammation subsides and applying ice to the painful area in 20-minute intervals,” said Timothy Short, DPM, a podiatrist at Northwest Allied Foot & Ankle. “Stretching exercises for your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia are by far the best treatments to address the injury and prevent recurrence.
Source: Tucson Arizona Daily Star [4/8/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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