What You Need to Know About Plantar Fasciitis

The Fleet Feet Blog is full of helpful (and sometimes tasty!) information! This blog post focuses on Plantar Fasciitis. 

Finding time to be active and properly support your body while doing so has never been more important.

Of the estimated 2 million American patients treated every year, the CDC credits inactivity as the most common risk factor for plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is defined as the inflammation or irritation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects the heel to the toes. Oftentimes, individuals with plantar fasciitis experience stabbing pain at the heel of the foot.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find yourself staying indoors and barefoot for work or school, with little room for activity, putting you at an increased risk for developing plantar fasciitis.

Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle means less time wearing shoes, and less support for your feet. In a recent article from the Mayo Clinic Health System, Sara Vande Kieft, P.D.M, noted the impact of life in quarantine on the health of your feet.

“While going without shoes may feel good in the short term, a lack of arch and foot support can increase the risk of foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis.” writes Vande Kieft.

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