Don't get sidelined by plantar fasciitis!

Plantar fasciitis is something of a buzz word these days. While professional athletes Mike Napoli, Jairus Byrd, Marcus Camby, and Joaquim Noah are making headlines due to their personal battles with plantar fasciitis, the Average Joes and Josephines who don’t have top-flight athletic trainers and sports medicine staffers at their disposal must trudge along making the best of this condition that affects millions of Americans every year.

Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for a condition that gives rise to inflammation in the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis happens when the plantar fascia is undergoing more strain than it can handle, whether it’s due to new activity, pressure from standing for long periods, weight gain, or even age. Tiny tears occur in the ligament, causing pain and inflammation.

For many of the million of people affected by plantar fasciitis, addressing the condition is a simple undertaking. For some, stretches help. For others, rest and ice do the trick. Many people – members of the family behind Insoles and Beyond, included – find ongoing, long-term plantar fasciitis relief through arch support inserts. In lots of cases, plantar fasciitis can be managed easily and inexpensively. If left untreated over a long period of time, however, plantar fasciitis can develop into a debilitating pain that requires surgery to correct.

We were recently featured in a guest post at the blog Black Girls RUN! In this post, I wrote about a few different stretches you can do to help ward off plantar fasciitis. If you’d like to learn more about plantar fasciitis, you can also view our plantar fasciitis information page. At the bottom of the page, we list some of our favorite insoles that specifically address plantar fasciitis.

I personally have found long-term, consistent relief from the Birkenstock, and I highly recommend the BirkoSport insert. Have you dealt with this painful condition using an insert for plantar fasciitis? Which one is your favorite?

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