How to Treat and Prevent Running Injuries: Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (or fasciosis) remains one of the most common foot injuries that dashes the training and racing hopes of many runners. Tell-tale signs of the condition include sharp pain in the heel when getting out of bed in the morning, and again when standing or walking after sitting for long periods. The tricky thing about plantar fasciitis/fasciosis is that many athletes can continue to run with symptoms—the condition has to be pretty severe to make a stubborn runner with a high pain threshold stop training. Even trickier: If a runner uses the right tools to treat plantar fasciitis/fasciosis, and commits to strengthening and stretching the affected area, he or she can continue to run at a low to moderate level until symptoms improve. Find out how to be that runner.

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