When it’s not plantar fasciitis; other sneaky causes of heel pain

When it’s not plantar fasciitis; other sneaky causes of heel pain

Ankle-Foot, Running, Tactical
When it's not plantar fasciitis; other sneaky causes of heel pain This article was originally published in The Raider Patch: Magazine of the U.S. Marine Raider Association If you feel pain on the bottom of your heel, the instinctive reaction might be to attribute it to the ubiquitous culprit—plantar fasciitis. While this condition is undoubtedly common, it's not the sole source of heel discomfort. Two often-overlooked causes deserve awareness: heel fat pad syndrome and Baxter's nerve entrapment.   The trouble with this trio is that they are commonly considered solo acts. However, they tend to run together in people who run, ruck, or spend countless hours on their feet. In this article, we'll go over each problem, identify key similarities and differences of each, and introduce self-treatment options that you can…
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How to stretch for plantar fasciitis: an easy technique fix to relieve heel pain

How to stretch for plantar fasciitis: an easy technique fix to relieve heel pain

Ankle-Foot
How to stretch for plantar fasciitis: an easy technique fix to relieve heel pain If you have plantar fasciitis, you may have been told to stretch your foot as part of your treatment plan. If you are doing the exercise but not feeling much benefit, a simple tweak to your technique may help. Why your stretch might not be working The primary exercise that most people are taught for plantar fasciitis is to pull all the toes backward.  Typical stretch - all toes together But, the fascia tissue has several bands that branch out from the heel bone. These bands have different lengths and angles that make it difficult to get a good stretch when grouping them all together as one:  Since the plantar fascia is made up of multiple…
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