The device consists of a tubular knit material that fits "over the calf" with 2 attached adjustable straps to maintain the foot in a neutral to slightly stretched position. When worn at night the device will apply a force which results in the reduction and/or elimination of the pain felt during those first steps in the morning. Over-pronation can be caused by a number of factors. Weak ankle muscles, being over-weight, pregnancy, age or repetitive pounding on hard surfaces (like pavements and concrete floors) can all lead to over-pronation. Over-pronation is also very common with athletes, especially runners. It is very important to take precautions against occurrence of plantar fasciitis One must always maintain a healthy weight; wear shoes that provide ample cushioning and support to the heel, arch and the ball of the foot; get into new exercise routine slowly in order to prevent excessive stress on the plantar fascia; and never walk barefoot on a hard rocky surface. THIS MATERIAL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE. IT IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR SPECIFIC TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS. This is a very common condition that affects the base of the big toe. It occurs when the big toe gets pushed toward the second toe. Plantar Fasciitis is a rather common condition of the foot causing significant heel pain and proximal foot arch pain. The most common presentation of plantar fasciitis is when a patient experiences pain with their first step in the morning. This initial step incurs the most pain that the patient will feel throughout the day, but there will be continual pain in those who suffer from plantar fasciitis Typically people describe the pain as relating to the sensation of walking on glass. These initial steps incur tremendous pain near the proximal aspect of their foot where the plantar fascia inserts into the heel bone. The Saints had a bye following the game, but Graham's injury has lingered past the bye week. He wasn't able to practice until Friday, where he was able to run routes in the portion of practice open to the media and participated in a limited capacity. If you have a toddler or a baby who is just starting to walk, you may notice that his feet turn in a little. Often that is because most infants and toddlers do not have a developed arch in their foot. What shoes have you found to be best for this age? There are always new products that I love to hear about. While taking a multivitamin on a daily basis makes good nutritional sense, it is not a magic bullet. It is often the case that people who suffer symptoms of illness attempt to cure themselves by taking multivitamins. This can be a serious problem. Some health conditions require special attention. If you have symptoms of illness you should seek medical attention. An oral rinse of the antidepressant doxepin significantly eased pain associated with oral mucositis in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck, a study led by Mayo Clinic found. The findings were presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting in Boston. My advice for those who have sore feet and plan to take drugs, massage or heat therapy -stay away! It'll do you more harm than good, and you'll only end up frustrated and maybe lose some cash. You might as well spend it on a good slilicone or soft rubber insoles to take pressure off those dogs of yours. Don't buy those elevated heel supports - they'll only give you additional problems. Don't go out without it; and buy at least two or three pairs so you won't be bothered taking them out and putting them in in another shoe. Over-the-counter arch supports may be useful in patients with acute plantar fasciitis and mild pes planus. The support provided by over-the-counter arch supports is highly variable and depends on the material used to make the support. In general, patients should try to find the most dense material that is soft enough to be comfortable to walk on. Over-the-counter arch supports are especially useful in the treatment of adolescents whose rapid foot growth may require a new pair of arch supports once or more per season. Plantar Fasciitis is caused by repetitive stretching and tearing of the muscles in the heel of the foot which in turn causes inflammation and irritation. A very successful treatment that aims to break up the scar tissue and allows the plantar fascia to heal correctly is the Graston Technique, currently employed at Alpha Chiropractic. The Graston Technique involves instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to treat soft tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation. The Graston Technique breaks up the scar tissue patches seen in plantar fasciitis and causes proper healing in those areas. Treatment increases the speed of healing and quickly reduces the sharp pain. Surgery – roughly 95 out of 100 plantar fasciitis patients will recover from non-surgical means but for a small fraction of this population, the use of surgery is advised to treat this condition. Most people experience pain on the heel when they wake up in the morning and begin to walk. There is less pain and stiffness after a while; however, the pain may increase during the day. The pain can occur when you stand or sit for a long time too. The illness is caused when there is strain on the ligament that provides support to the arch. Tiny ligament tears are caused when there are repeated strains resulting in swelling and pain. Continued stretching of the plantar fascia can result in heel spur which is a bone-like development on the heel. Flat feet or high arches can be a cause. Factors which may contribute to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs include a sudden increase in daily activities, increase in weight, or a change of shoes or allowing your current shoes to wear excessively. Shoes that are too flexible in the middle of the arch or shoes that bend before the toe joints will cause an increase in tension in the plantar fascia. Make sure your shoes are not excessively worn and that they do not bend in the "middle of the arch". Other recently attempted treatments include PRP (platelet rich plasma) and prolotherapy. At this time evidence based research is sketchy at best.