Plantar Fasciitis Growing Health Concern

Plantar fasciitis is a growing health concern in the United States due to the rapid increase in obesity. Most new cases of plantar fasciitis are caused by obestiy and like weight loss, while surgery is fast, it is not the best option.
Jan. 5, 2010 - PRLog -- It’s difficult to find actual national statistics on plantar fasciitis since many sufferers don’t go to a doctor for it. However, a quick look at the Google search stats for “plantar fasciitis” show a steady increase in searches.

And with 368,000 searches per month for plantar fasciitis, that looks like the makings of a large and serious problem.

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes and supports the arch of the foot. Most people experience sharp pain in the heel and/or arch of the foot as they get out of bed and take their first step in the morning. The pain often decreases in intensity as they go about their day, but is often aggravated by exercise or standing after prolonged non-weight bearing.

The causes of plantar fasciitis are usually limited to either wearing shoes with bad support, long distance running, going barefoot or being overweight. With the rapid increase in overweight Americans, this may be a large contributor to the increases in plantar fasciitis.

While surgery is often prescribed as a solution, there are many risks involved as with all surgery. Additionally, people who take a shortcut to sure their plantar fasciitis often don’t change the habits that caused the problem in the first place. The same reason why surgery often doesn’t work for permanent weight loss. For this reason, surgery should be viewed as a last resort. Especially when there are so many natural options to cure plantar fasciitis.

Here are the best natural solutions for plantar fasciitis:

• Use proper foot stretches three times a day. You can follow the link to a plantar fasciitis stretch specifically created to cure plantar fasciitis.
• Wear a plantar fasciitis night splint to prevent morning heel pain.
• Either replace your day shoes with cork foot-bed shoes such as Haflingers or use plantar fasciitis inserts in your shoes.
• Replace your running shoes if you’re a runner with plantar fasciitis running shoes specifically designed for runners with plantar fasciitis.
• Learn foot massage techniques designed to relieve the pain.

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Plantar Fasciitis Inserts was created as a one-stop-shop for people suffering with plantar fasciitis. Here they will find information on stretches, exercises, shoes, insoles, night splints, heel cups and more. There's also a blog and a forum to join.

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