Article Series--Lower Leg Injuries And Exercise, Part 4
Posted Aug 24 2008 4:39pm
Plantar Fasciitis is a common, painful injury that can go on for months. Plantar Fasciitis happens when the long, flat ligament on the bottom of your foot (Plantar Fascia) stretches too much, small tears develop and the ligament inflames (ouch!!)! Folks, this is serious pain!
Plantar Fasciitis usually develops over time. Many times, people continue to exercise when the condition first occurs. So, the condition worsens causing you to see you local doctor. As with all injuries, prevention is the best solution. WHENEVER YOU FEEL PAIN, IT IS A SIGN THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG! DON'T IGNORE IT!
Take these steps to avoid Plantar Fasciitis:
1) Keep your foot and ankle area flexible (including the Achilles tendon ). Also, don't wear cheap or worn out shoes when you workout.
2) Vary your running workouts to avoid repetitive type injuries.
3) A sudden increase in the intensity or length of your workouts can cause injury.