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The Steps to Curing Plantar Fasciitis

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The fascia is like a built-in arch support for your foot. It's a band of tissue that connects the heel all the way up to the toes. But when there's not enough of that support, you'll feel it. 

"When you step down the foot is getting stretched out, so that that fascia is on the underside of the arch, it's getting pulled forward," says Podiatrist, Dr. Eric Hart. "Now, it doesn't stretch that well right at the attachment to the heel bone, so it gets little microscopic tears and as it does that, it causes inflammation."

Doctors say plantar fasciitis is most common in athletes and those of us who spend a lot of time on our toes. So how can we keep those feet happy? 

"Make sure you're in something that's well-supported," says Dr. Hart. 

But even if you're wearing the right footwear, doctors say it's still possible to feel the effects.

"If you're wearing a good supportive tennis shoe or work shoe and you don't feel like you're getting enough support, then you can actually add in an arch support to it," says Dr. Hart.

Let's say you suffer from plantar fasciitis...doctors recommend something called a heel-chord stretch. 

"If you imagine my left foot is more irritated, I'm gonna put my heel in straight towards the wall and then lean forward and just hold the heel chord stretch for about 60 seconds," says Dr. Hart. 

So, whether you've got it or you don't, wear the right footwear. Because no one wants their dogs to bark. 
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