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During the holiday season, it's easy to fall victim to long lines and walking distances. One doctor warns people of obtaining a severe foot condition called plantar fasciitis. Podiatrist and foot surgeon Daniel Michaels, DPM says this condition is caused by things like standing for long periods of time, jumping, and running.
 
Dr. Daniel Michaels
 
 
Fortunately, Michaels has simple tips for people to avoid obtaining the extremely painful foot condition. "(The foot roller) gets in there and breaks up some of the adhesion...you put them in the freezer and you roll your foot out on it and it feels really good on the foot," said Dr. Michaels. He also recommends purchasing a topical product to soothe the heel area.
 
Source:  Jayla Jackson, WHAG NBC 25 [12/28/18]
 
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Bruce Pinker, DPM, a podiatrist and foot surgeon, says, “I see many patients with foot pain this time of year. One of the most common foot pain conditions is plantar fasciitis. It is typically brought on by overuse — excessive walking or standing, or even running or jumping. Think of those waiting on line at airports or retail stores this time of year. With improper support in footwear, overuse worsens this condition. The pain can be so severe that it can prevent individuals from walking.”
 
Dr. Bruce Pinker
 
 
If you’re doing a lot of in-store shopping or participating in outdoor holiday activities, you’ll want to take especially good care of your feet. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to prevent this pain by being kind to your feet. Dr. Pinker says, “To prevent it, one should stretch the feet regularly. Rolling feet over a frozen 20 oz water bottle is helpful. One should also wear supportive footwear.”
 
Source: Alice Stevens, bestcompany.com [12/17/18]
 
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If you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain, you're probably already aware of several treatment options, including wearing podiatrist-recommended shoes, adding insoles to your shoes, sleeping with a night splint, and taking OTC pain relievers. But if you want to get instant relief after a long day on your feet, giving yourself a foot massage is another simple and non-invasive way to treat plantar fasciitis pain.Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a podiatric surgeon at City Podiatry in New York City, suggests a technique known as a cross-fiber massage to help treat plantar fasciitis. It's actually easy to do and is very effective in treating pain. 
 
Dr. Jacqueline Sutera
 
 
Dr. Sutera says that the ideal time do a foot massage is after a bath, shower, or foot soak because the foot tissues are already warmed up. First, apply a little bit of moisturizer or oil to your hands.Think of your foot as a tic-tac-toe board. Using medium-to-firm pressure, massage your foot along the full length of the arch from heel to toes. Then, go across the entire width of the arch. Massage each foot for about two minutes.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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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.

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.

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According to Dr. Frank Sinkoe, a podiatrist who works with Atlanta Ballet, underlying muscle and postural imbalances throughout the foot, leg, and hip (combined with overexertion), are often the causes of plantar fasciitis. It's usually treated with a stretching and strengthening program of orthotics, medications, and physical therapy. Extreme cases may need cortisone injections and, in very rare cases, surgery.
 
Dr. Frank Sinkoe
 
 
It's also possible that you've been misdiagnosed. According to Sinkoe, Baxter's neuritis, a compression of nerves in the heel, is often mistaken for plantar fasciitis because of its symptoms and location. The treatment, however, is different. (One sign you may have Baxter's neuritis is if you have trouble curling your little toe in a podiatric assessment.) "Certain muscle groups are going to be tighter on dancers than on a regular person or even a runner," says Sinkoe, citing the hip flexors, lateral hamstrings, and gastroc soleus muscles. "You shouldn't just treat the heel; you have to treat the whole kinetic chain."
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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