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  • My Heel Hurts, Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

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    My Heel Hurts, Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?


    As a reputable footwear store, we empathize with the challenges posed by plantar fasciitis—a painful and frustrating condition that affects many individuals. Let’s delve into the details of this common ailment and explore ways to prevent and alleviate its symptoms.


    What Is Plantar Fasciitis?


    Plantar fasciitis primarily targets the heel and the bottom of the foot. It occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes (forming your arch), becomes inflamed or irritated.


    Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis


    Heel or Arch Pain: Individuals often experience sharp pain in the heel or arch, especially during the morning or after prolonged periods of standing or walking.


    Stiffness and Tenderness: The foot may feel stiff, and tenderness can be localized around the affected area.


    Difficulty Walking or Standing: Plantar fasciitis can make walking or standing for extended periods challenging.


    Preventing and Alleviating Plantar Fasciitis


    1. Choose the Right Shoes

    Selecting appropriate footwear is crucial for managing plantar fasciitis. Consider the following tips:

    • Customized Support: There’s no universal shoe solution. Opt for shoes that provide proper support tailored to your feet and gait pattern. What works for others may not be ideal for you.
    • Proper Fit: Ill-fitting shoes—whether too tight or too loose—can strain the foot and worsen symptoms. At Runners Athletic Company, we put an prioritize proper shoe fitting for both the shape and size of your feet.
    • Cushioned Soles: Shoes with cushioned soles absorb shock, reducing impact on the plantar fascia. Explore our range of high-cushion options from trusted brands like Hoka, Brooks, New Balance, and more.


    2. Consider Orthotics

    If you experience foot or heel pain, supportive insoles or orthotics can provide relief. Our recommended solutions from Powerstep and Currex offer targeted support for the plantar fascia.


    3. Additional Measures

    • Regular Stretching: Incorporate foot and calf stretches into your routine to maintain flexibility and prevent strain.
    • Cold Therapy: Apply ice to reduce inflammation and manage pain. For more advanced treatment we recommend localized cryo therapy, which you can find at Cryokinesis Therapy Lab in Saginaw
    • Over-the-Counter Pain Medication: Consult a doctor who may recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
    • Rest and Activity Modification: Avoid activities that exacerbate symptoms and allow your feet to recover.


    Seek Professional Guidance

    If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Send us a message or visit one of our locations—we’re here to help you move pain-free again!


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