Preventing Painful Feet - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/11/07

Preventing Painful Feet

Most of us have been wearing boots all winter and now, it's time for sandals and summer shoes to spring into action.

Gloria Adams says she walked around all day in new tennis shoes and when she finally sat down, she could hardly get up again because her heels hurt so much. Turns out she had what's called Fasciitis. That's when the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. But, before you end up like Gloria, here's some advice on preventing painful feet.

"If you are going to engage in any high impact loading activities, walking activities, you want to stretch out for about a good half an hour. You flex your knee and your heel, and you flex the big toe and that puts a stretch on the plantar fascia and with your thumb you just press in you do this for three minutes twice a day, you press in towards the inner sole, in the heel. That will stretch tendons and takes a lot of the pain away," said  Dr. Marc Rankin, an Orthopedic Surgeon.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says simple stretching really can be very effective in preventing a lot of our foot trouble but it won't help after your feet start to hurt. So, the advice is, plan ahead and take care of your feet before you put them in high gear.

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