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Health Tip: Buy the Right Running Shoes

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Using the correct running shoes can help your feet feel great and protect against injury. Here are guidelines for which shoes to buy, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association: Choose running shoes that offer plenty of shock absorption. Look for shoes that are compatible with your arch type, whether it's high, medium or low. Meet with a podiatrist, who can help identify your type of arch. Get a new pair of running shoes about every eight months. Understand that good shoes can help prevent problems including plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, shin splints and Morton's neuroma. Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tendon in the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and painful. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says risk factors include: Being female. Being overweight. Working in a job in which you must walk around or stand on a hard surface for long periods. Walking or running long distances regularly. Having tight calf muscles, flat feet or high arches. Read more

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Health Tip: Shoe Inserts May Help Pain

Posted 3 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If your feet tilt inward or you have foot pain for another reason, shoe inserts may help tame discomfort. The American Podiatric Medical Association says types of shoe inserts include: Arch supports to help counter high or low arches. Plastic, gel or foam inserts that provide cushioning and support. Heel cups, pads or liners that cushion the heels, particularly in older people who have lost some of the heel's natural fatty padding. Cushions that provide a barrier between shoes and the heels and toes. Read more

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Health Tip: When Heel Pain is Afoot

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Pain in the heel may range from a minor nuisance to disabling. The American Podiatric Medical Association mentions these possible causes: Formation of a spur, a non-cancerous bony growth, in this case on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Pronation, in which the foot turns too much toward the inside. This can stretch ligaments attached to the heel. Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendon that supports the back of the ankle and heel. An injury such as a bruise, or a foot deformity. Read more

Related support groups: Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis

Health Tip: Stretch To Help Plantar Fasciitis

Posted 28 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that stretches across the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed and painful. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society suggests: Avoid putting weight on the foot until the inflammation has subsided. Ice the bottom of the foot several times per day, for 20 minutes at a time. Talk to your doctor about taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication to alleviate pain and inflammation. Practice gentle stretching exercises of the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon. Add arch supports to your shoes. Read more

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Ultrasound Treatment May Be Option for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted 2 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 1, 2015 – An ultrasound technique is showing early promise as a quick and minimally invasive treatment for the common and painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. The finding is based on a short-term study involving just 65 patients, the researchers noted. "While the long-term outcome studies are in progress, the results we have seen to date are very promising," said study lead author Dr. Rahul Razdan, an interventional radiologist with Advanced Medical Imaging in Lincoln, Neb. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society describes plantar fasciitis as essentially an "overuse injury" resulting from inflammation of a band of tissue in the sole of the foot that links the heel bone to the base of the toes. According to Razdan, standard treatment includes painkillers, cortisone shots, icing, heating, massage, silicone arch supports, and physical therapy centered ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Plantar Fasciitis

Posted 6 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that spans the length of your foot becomes inflamed. This causes foot pain, notably in the heel. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include: Pain that is worse when getting out of bed in the morning, or when starting to walk after sitting for a long time. Pain that subsides after walking for a few minutes. Pain that increases after – not during – exercise. Read more

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