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What is Plantar Fasciitis

The soles of the feet contain connective tissue called plantar fascia that can become inflamed and painful due to simple overuse or abnormal, repetitive pressure on the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when tiny tears in these bands of fibrous tissues cause pain as well as difficulty walking and bending the foot upward, as when the toes are brought forward towards the shin. Occasionally, plantar fasciitis that is neglected and worsens will cause knee pains that are misdiagnosed as tendonitis.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Biomechanical factors like abnormal rolling, twisting or flexing of the foot
Prolonged walking, running or standing on hard, inflexible surfaces
Being overweight, which adds stress to all lower extremity joints
Wearing shoes that do not fit right or do not provide enough cushion and support
Having high arches or flat feet
Aging (men who are between 40 and 70 years old are more prone to plantar fasciitis than women)

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Sitting for extended periods or taking those first steps upon arising in the morning will cause pain in a foot experiencing plantar fasciitis
Climbing stairs and standing may increase pain.
Rarely do people with plantar fasciitis suffer pain at night since they are not applying pressure on the affected connective tissue. Foot pain at night may indicate arthritis or "tarsal" tunnel syndrome.
Swelling or redness is usually absent unless an additional condition is exacerbating the plantar fasciitis

Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis
Physicians can usually diagnose plantar fasciitis after palpating the feet and having the person walk and stand. Assessment of recent activities, along with description of pain, when the pain occurs and implementation of x-rays or MRIs may help the doctor develop an accurate diagnosis as well.

Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis
Resting the foot is the best treatment method to reduce pain and give connective tissues a chance to heal. Therapeutic massage therapy, heat or cold therapy, stretching exercises and taking over the counter pain relievers are other methods your doctor will probably recommend for a simple case of plantar fasciitis.

When these treatment options fail or involve activities that are impossible for you to do, Ateevia Botanical pain relief products can help ease the pain of plantar fasciitis and make the healing process less problematic and intrusive in regards to continuing your daily routine. Naturally powerful botanical extracts included in Ateevia's creams provide nature's own curative ingredients that reach deep into sore tissues and suppress inflammation caused by abnormal molecular activity.

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