Plantar fasciitis is a painful swelling of the plantar fascia, a tissue which runs along the bottoms of the feet. People who exercise on their feet a great deal, particularly walkers, hikers and runners, are at the highest risk to develop fasciitis. Fasciitis results when the fascia gets torn, stretched or inflamed. The condition can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Plantar fasciitis is the last thing you need while hiking, especially on a long hiking trip, but there are things you can do to prevent developing the condition.
Stretch your calves and Achilles tendon every day before setting off on your hike. Tight calf muscles can make it difficult to bend your foot correctly, so the more you can loosen your calf muscles before you begin walking, the better. An easy calf stretch is the toe dip: stand on a low ledge, stair step, or curb. Keep your toes on the ledge, but allow you heels to dip down. Relax and let your calf muscles stretch down. Repeat three to five times. According to the Plantar Fasciitis Organization, "Plantar fasciitis causes the inflammation of the.
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