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Top 2 Most Common Causes of Heel and Foot Pain

Dear Valued Client, Thanksgiving Day and the holiday season is upon us. What a great time to spend with family and friends…great dinner meals… board games… watching football…just spending time together. But the holidays also mean being up on your feet a lot…running errands…shopping…cooking…preparing for the big day. Unfortunately, heel and foot pain can derail your best laid holiday plans. Heel and foot pain is no joke… …it can be so debilitating you dread getting out of bed in the morning. …it can get embarrassing with the way you walk… you start getting curious glances from people. …frustrating and maddening…it makes getting through your daily life such a bear. Cause #1: Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis (say “PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus”) is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). How do you know if you have plantar fasciitis? • Stabbing pain on the bottom of your heel • Sensation of tightness and/or tenderness along your arch • Pain in the morning, when stepping out of bed and taking the first steps of the day - with prolonged standing - when standing up after sitting for awhile - when walking barefoot or in shoes with poor support Sufferers of this cause usually have pain with changing positions such as getting in and out of a car…or rolling in bed…or getting in and out of bed. Sitting or driving is usually a problem…and one leg can feel “heavier” than the other. Sufferers with this cause can even experience groin pain and trouble controlling their bladder (even at a young age).

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