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Preventing Heel Pain

Heel Pain? We have just the solution. Heel pain is commonly caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis, sometimes referred to as heel spur syndrome.

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toe of your foot. When this band is irritated it becomes inflamed; therefore, it results in pain. The main cause of this pain is from faulty structure of the foot, especially those with problems with their arches. Also, wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces can lead to plantar fasciitis.

These pains can be very uncomfortable and can lead to permanent damage if not taken care of. Before you consider surgery, there are a guidelines to follow that may treat the pain. Stretching the calf muscles helps to strengthen the muscles connected to the heel and will help ease the pain.

It is important that you avoid walking around barefoot as well; walking without shoes puts unnecessary stress on your plantar fascia. You should also avoid wearing shoes without an arch; wearing shoes that have good arch support helps to reduce the stress on the heel. In order to keep any inflammation down, it is vital that you ice the heel a few times a day as well.

Follow these simple guidelines and you will be sure to see some results.

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