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Top Running Injury No. 10: Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar FasciitisThis is the 10th and final article in a series highlighting some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

The term “plantar fasciitis” can be scary to runners and for good reason. If this injury gets bad enough it can be so debilitating that you can’t do much of anything remotely resembling physical activity for several weeks. Weekend warriors and pro athletes alike have been felled by the condition. However, if you’re well informed, you can spot the signs of this issue and you can also take steps to alleviate the symptoms. Medi-Dyne wants you on the road, not on the couch, and we have several ways to help you fight this condition.

Risk Factors

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissues connecting the toes and heel bone (the plantar fascia) start to tear, resulting in severe irritation and inflammation. Not only will you have trouble running, you’ll even find it hard to walk or even stand. Here are some of the risk factors that can lead to this condition.

  • It occurs more often in women than men.
  • It happens more to people between the ages of 40 and 60.
  • Any activity that puts stress on the heel can lead to plantar fasciitis, such as ballet, dance and others in addition to running.
  • People with very flat or high arches are at particular risk.
  • Obese people are at risk as well because of the extra stress too much weight puts on the foot.

When to Get Help

If you notice a stabbing pain in your heel, or you have pain that gets worse after you’ve stood for a long time, there is a good chance you have plantar fasciitis. It is very important that you talk to a doctor to help determine the right course of action for treating the condition.

2Steps to Pain-Free Running

ProStretchPlusThere are several ways that you can find relief from plantar fasciitis. Step into the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone at your favorite sports retailer and you’ll not only find information on this and other conditions, you’ll also find products that can help reduce your discomfort. There you’ll find the ProStretch Plus™, which will provide a deep stretch that will increase the flexibility and range of motion in your plantar fascia. Visit our e-store or call 800-810-1740 to learn more.