Here are a few things you may not have known about heel pain;
- Millions of people receive treatment for heel pain each year.
- Many people live with it for a year or more before seeking help or finding a solution.
- While many people think they have heel spurs the more accurate diagnosis is often Plantar fasciitis.
- It is estimated that 1 out of every 10 people will suffer from Plantar fasciitis.
- 90% of the Plantar fasciitis cases occur after the age of 40.
- Factors that may increase your risk of developing heel pain include; weight, pregnancy, exercise, non-supportive shoes, tight muscles, age and occupation.
- According to the Mayo Clinic, about 90% of the people who have Plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatments in just a few months.
- Supporting your heels with shoe inserts or heel cups can provide immediate relief from heel pain.
- Making stretching and strengthening part of your daily routine is the best way to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of heel pain.
- Maintaining flexibility throughout the lower leg is the best way to heal Plantar fasciitis.
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