Plantar Fasciitis Causes
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Plantar fasciitis symptoms can be decreased and healing aided by the use of a night splint. The night splint extends along the back of the calf and under the foot. It is designed to keep the foot in a somewhat flexed position during the night. With the toes pulled up towards the shin the plantar fascia is stretched and heals somewhat during the night in that position. Without a night splint the foot would normally be in the somewhat extended position during sleep. In this case, any healing that occurs is with the fascia in a shortened position. Then, with the first steps in the morning, as the fascia is stretched, the healed portions tear causing pain. The night splint allows healing to occur in the stretched position and thus can avoid the tears and greatly reduces the pain in the morning.
The effect of the night splint explains why one of the most noticeable of plantar fasciitis symptoms is the pain with the first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, and the tears have happened the pain normally decreases.
Factors that may increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:
Ignoring plantar fasciitis symptoms may result in a more chronic condition that hinders regular activities and makes you feel less like wanting to exercise which is another negative. There is also the danger of developing knee, hip or back problems because of the effects on posture and walking.
Do all you can to remedy the problem in its early stages before you get complications. Find the best treatment for plantar fasciitis for your particular situation. There are a number of stretches for plantar fasciitis that can be very helpful.
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