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How to prevent plantar fasciitis?

The best way to prevent plantar fasciitis is to wear shoes that are well made and fit your feet. This is especially important

when you exercise or walk a lot or stand for a long time on hard surfaces. Get new athletic shoes before your old shoes stop supporting and cushioning your feet. Take good care of your feet during work and daily activities. For standing and working on hard surfaces, wear shoes with sufficient arch support and heel cushioning. If your work requires you to stand on hard surfaces, stand on a thick rubber mat to reduce stress on your feet. Do exercises to stretch the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel. This is especially important before sports, but it is helpful for nonathletes as well. Ask your doctor for recommendations on a stretching routine. Reach and maintain a reasonable weight for your height. In people who are prone to episodes of plantar fasciitis, exercises that stretch the heel cord (known as the Achilles tendon) and the plantar fascia may help to prevent plantar fasciitis from returning. Ice massage also can be used on the sole of the foot after stressful athletic activities. It is possible that strict control of blood sugar will prevent plantar fasciitis in people with diabetes, although this has not been proven.

More information on plantar fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis? - Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot that causes heel pain and disability.
What causes plantar fasciitis? - An abnormal step causes the plantar fascia to stretch irregularly, become stressed, and develop small tears, which results in inflammation (plantar fasciitis).
What're the symptoms of plantar fasciitis? - The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of the heel, usually worst in the morning and improving throughout the day.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed? - Typical physical exam to diagnose plantar fasciitis include tenderness on the bottom of the heel, closer to the midline, and mild swelling and redness.
What's the treatment for plantar fasciitis? - Initial treatment for plantar fasciitis usually consists of heel stretching exercises, shoe inserts, night splints, and anti-inflammatory medications.
How to prevent plantar fasciitis? - The best way to prevent plantar fasciitis is to wear shoes that are well made and fit your feet. Exercises that stretch the heel cord may help.
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