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Monday, August 4, 2014

A Word from Cathy, PT at WDH: Plantar Fasciitis

Blogger Sandy has been troubled with Plantar Faciitis recently and thought a word from Physical Therapist, Cathy from Wentworth Douglass Hospital on the topic would be beneficial!  Always consult your physician if you have concerns.  

Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot problem most people encounter especially when they have increased their activity recently or have changed shoes,bought new sneakers/shoes that are different from their normal. The earlier you notice the heel/arch pain the better chance you have of getting rid of it. 

Here are some Do's and Don't's:

 1) Don't go barefoot, usually the pain is worse when you do this. Keep supportive shoes on.

 2) Do calf or /runners stretch. Ask a trainer on proper form.

 3) Ice the heel often 2-3 times per day. Use a waterbottle place it in the freezer;then place under your foot and roll it under your arch /heel for 2-3 minutes.

 4) Try to wear supportive shoes the support the heel and arch at all times.

If the pain doesn't subside in 1-2 weeks you should see your doctor and be sure to follow up w/a physical therapist.

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