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Blog posts of '2014' 'February'

What's the difference between plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis?

We all got together this morning at for coffee and discussion regarding products and conditions. Since plantar fasciitis is such a common problem, we've been spending a few weeks on the topic. Part of the discussion this morning focused on the differences between acute and chronic plantar fasciitis, also known as plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis.

Plantar fasciitis - what's the purpose of a horseshoe pad?

The use of a cut-out heel pad or horseshoe pad dates back to the days when we believed that the primary contributing factor to heel pain was a spur on the bottom of the heel. Popular belief was that standing on the spur resulted in pain. Cut-out pads were used to pocket the bottom of the heel.

Plantar fasciitis - do I really need an orthotic to treat it?

When is a prescription orthotic a part of the treatment of plantar fasciitis? This article looks at the pros and cons of prescription vs non-prescription orthotics in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis - what's the best heel pad?

When selecting a heel cushion or heel lift to treat plantar fasciitis, remember that there's a distinct difference between the function of a heel cushion and the function of a lift. A little background is in order.

Plantar fasciitis - why do I need to stretch?

When you look at the cross section of folks who have plantar fasciitis, what you'll come to recognize is that this particular demographic is a group of people who are active, middle aged and just a tad over weight. So why is this particular group of folks prone to plantar fasciitis? There's actually a couple of reasons, but let's focus in on the calf as one of the primary contributing factors in the onset of plantar fasciitis.