|COMMON FOOT ISSUES
The plantar fascia is the tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is simply when this tissue is inflamed and irritated. After prolonged irritation it is also possible to develop a bone spur on the heel.
When the fascia is strained, it usually becomes painful where the fascia is attached to the heel-bone. The heel hurts when walking, running, or even standing. It also hurts when the sole of your foot is stretched, for instance if you pull your foot and toes backwards towards you with your hands.
Some causes of plantar fasciitis include:
Sudden weight gain
Poor shoe fit
Wearing heels during the day and flats in the evening
Starting or increase in fitness activities
Somastruct - The Real Cause of Plantar Fasciitis
Every Women's Guide to Foot Pain Relief - Helpful book on strengthening feet and eliminating foot issues.
Yoga Toes - Yoga Toes Gems are a great tool for stretching toes.
John Hopkins - Patients Guide to Plantar Fasciitis
Foot.com - Definition and cause of plantar fasciitis and treatment products
Black toe nails, a common condition for runners, and high mileage walkers, is caused by injury to the tissue under the toe nail. Friction is the cause of most black nails. Friction from tight shoes, sudden stops and starts that jam the toe against the front of the shoe, or down hill walking that causes the foot to slide forward in your shoe.
As a result, the toe repeatedly hits the end of the shoe, causing bleeding, fluid build up, and bruising under the toenail. In some cases the nail will discolor, with little or no pain. It is best to alleviate the problem and leave the nail alone. In most cases the nail will eventually fall off and regrow without any significant deformity.
Friction can be caused by any of the following:
Shoes that are too short or too tight
When to see a doctor: If enough pressure builds beneath the nail, it can become quite painful, requiring your physician to drill a hole into the nail to relieve the pressure.
A toe box that does not fit your foot shape
Downhill walking or running
Overpronation causing the foot to elongate within the shoe
You notice any redness that might be associated with an infection.
MORE FOOT PROBLEMS, INFORMATION, AND HELP
Blisters - See this link for information
Morton's neuroma - See this link for information
Dr. Kiper - Sports medicine with emphasis on stretching. Includes "dynamic" stretching of the foot, plus healing and prevention of biomechanical injuries with custom fluid orthotics.
Sole Custom Footbeds - Custom fit your shoes with custom molded insoles.
Fixing Your Feet
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