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Plantar Fasciitis - Part 1

Plantar Fasciitis is a very common ailment among runners and athletes in general. Often called ”Joggers Heel”, Plantar Fasciitis manifests as a sharp stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel. The usual treatment is some manual therapy to the fascia that wraps from behind the heel to the forefoot. You can use your hands, a small massage ball, various stretching methods or apparatuses and a whole host of other remedies. For the most part all of these techniques will provide temporary relief and many runners simply accept the pain as the cost of running. The truth, like most chronic pains, is that Plantar Fasciitis is merely a symptom of a limitation or dysfunction elsewhere in the body. The cause of the symptom could be anything from previous injuries, to foot-ware, to the environment you run in. In the first part of our September Newsletter, Gary is going to discuss a personal story of his own struggle with Plantar Fasciitis and then dive in to the anatomy and structure of the foot to explain what is happening during gait to better explain how Plantar Fasciitis happens. In Part 2, he will offer some treatments to combat this as well as some training strategies to help prevent Plantar Fasciitis in the future.

Duration: 15 minutes, 54 seconds
Categories: Practical Pearls
Presenter/s: Dr. Gary Gray
Member Access: Fan
Tags: Foot/Ankle

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