What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.
Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like athletes or soldiers. It can happen in one foot or both feet.
What Are The Symptoms?
Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time.
How to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis
First thing to do is get comfortable and place your foot on your lap. Cut a piece of Kinesio Tape the length of the bottom of your foot.
Start by applying the tape under the foot at the start of the fascia place the tape to the back of your heel.
For compression cut a piece of tape that is about 3 inches long and start applying the tape from the outside of the heel along the bottom to the inside of the heel. (Make sure its super tight)
For more compression cut a piece of tape that is about 3 inches long and place around the arch of your foot.
If your foot is longer than 2-3 pieces of tape..use a 4th piece of Kinesio Tape to make sure the entire arch of your foot is covered.
This will make your race ready and help prevent Plantar Fasciitis!