Medical Minute 10-6:

By: Vanessa Welch Email
By: Vanessa Welch Email

Walking. Our feet average 115-thousand miles of it in our lifetime. But, with overuse, our feet can develop heel pain often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the feet.

"For the first week or two they write it off and say this is going to get a little bit better and they'll stretch maybe, but usually the symptoms don't go away," said Christine Panagos, P.T., S.C.S., C.S.C.S., Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist Level II Adolescent Sports Rehabilitation Providence Sports Care.

That's what happened to Michelle Mehr. she ruptured her planta fascia playing competitive ultimate frisbee and couldn't exercise for a year.

"It was challenging for me. I don't like to be inactive," said Michelle Mehr, suffered with plantar fasciitis.

Athletes like Michelle and people who are either overweight or stand for long periods of time are most prone to plantar fasciitis. Wearing old, worn out shoes is another culprit. Make sure to replace yours every three to six months.

Early intervention includes a good balancing and stretching program.
Here's two you can try at home. First, hip abduction.

"So I'd have you do that quite a bit until your hip was on fire."

Next try clambshells. Stack your hips in a fetal position and raise.
"So we want to prevent that foot from rolling inward and that arch from collapsing."

If a stretching program doesn't help after six weeks, you may be referred to an orthotist for custom made orthotics, that's what got Michelle back on track.


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