The plantar fascia is tough fibrous tissue on the bottom of the foot traveling from the heel to the toes. Inflammation of this structure is called Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain in adults.
This disorder classically presents with pain that is particularly severe with the first few steps taken in the morning. Patients often notice pain at the beginning of activity that lessens or resolves as they warm up. The pain may also occur with prolonged standing and is sometimes accompanied by stiffness. Symptoms usually resolve more quickly when the interval between the onset of symptoms and the onset of treatment is shorter.
The function of the plantar fascia is to provide static support of the longitudinal arch and dynamic shock absorption. Individuals with low arches or flat feet very high arches are at increased risk for developing Plantar Fasciitis.
The pain of Plantar Fasciitis is caused by collagen degeneration associated with repetitive microtears of the plantar fascia, overpronation, and discrepancy in leg length.
Many treatment options exist, including rest, stretching, strengthening, change of shoes, arch supports, orthotics, night splints, anti-inflammatory agents (Like Advil) and surgery.
The Pronation / Spring Control ( PSC ) Can assist a patient in reducing the stress on the plantar fascia. The PSC helps to align the foot/ankle in the neutral position and assist in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. The Reusable PSC has the holding power of a tape wrap, the alignment benefit of an orthotic and the lifting function of an arch support and is less cumbersome then other supports, orthotic or braces. It eliminates the discomfort and irritation of tapes and/or adhesives.
The PSC can be purchased with free shipping from http://www.pattstrap.com/psc.htm
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