Who doesn’t love hiking? On the trail we are immersed in the open air, wildlife, beautiful, rugged terrain, fresh water streams, and… ankle injuries? Yes, you heard that right. Hiking often goes hand-in-hand with some fairly severe ankle twists, sprains, and even fractures or breaks! It’s not hard to guess why, mind you, because from loose rocks, to uneven footpaths, hiking poses a big threat when it comes to the wellness of your ankles. Don’t despair though, we’re not asking you to pack away your hiking gear and take to the treadmill instead. Rather, we’re here to chat to you about how ankle injuries during your hike can be prevented, and why being mindful of their probability and severity puts you in good stead to steer clear of them!
Plantar fasciitis… to people outside of the medical world, the name itself gives very little away. But, while its title might be a mouthful, it's symptoms are certainly a lot more familiar: stabbing pains, and burning, aching, and dull discomfort throughout the bottom of the foot are but some of it’s well known trademarks. Many people suffer from plantar fasciitis on a daily basis, yet its causes and treatment might surprise you. If you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who struggle to overcome this affliction, keep reading – we’re here to tell you everything there is to know!
The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that runs from your heel bone to the balls of your feet and can be a major source of pain and frustration.
The symptoms of plantar fasciitis (irritation of the plantar fascia) are sharp sudden needle like pain (or pin prickling pain) underneath your foot. This can either be under the arch of your foot or more towards the heel. Treatment for plantar fasciitis is varied depending on specifically what is causing the pain...
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