Dear Friend, Plantar Fasciitis Injury
We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter -- Do You Have a Plantar Fasciitis Injury? Plantar Fasciitis can be a very frustrating injury because of its stubborn nature, but don't despair! There are things you can do to speed healing and to prevent future occurrences.
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Plantar Fasciitis is a very painful condition of the foot, in which the plantar fascia has become stretched or inflamed. It is one of the more common and bothersome of running injuries as the pain can last for months before the fascia finally heals. But don't despair! There are things you can do to speed healing and to prevent future occurrences.
The plantar fascia is a thick, band of connective tissue that runs from the front of the heel to the ball of the foot. The plantar tendon keeps the arch of the foot from flattening completely when weight is placed on the foot. It is a natural shock absorption mechanism. However if the plantar fascia stretches too much, tears can develop resulting in painful scar tissue as it tries to heal.
Research at the University of Delaware has concluded that there is a connection between high impact loading rates and plantar fasciitis. Other studies have shown a connection with dorsiflecting (landing on the heel with the foot pointing up) and the development of this condition. These findings are a strong indication that heel striking is a major factor in the development of an inflamed plantar tendon. If you land on your heel while running and you often have pain in your heel area, changing to a forefoot or mid-foot strike could greatly improve the health of your feet.
Other factors that may be contributing to this condition are:
Until next month, keep running, smiling and be happy, healthy and peaceful!
With love and peace,
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