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Posts from February 2018

The Plantar Fascia [fa-she-a] is a band of fibrous connective tissue in your foot. It is not a ligament, tendon or muscle.  
 
The plantar fascia originates in the calcaneus (heel bone) on the plantar surface (sole) of your foot. It stretches forwards and separates into five slips each one attaching into the plantar surface of each of the five metatarsal heads which make up the ball of your foot. 
 
Adding ‘-itis’ to any anatomical word means ‘inflammation’ E.g. Tendonitis – Inflammation of a tendon. Therefore, plantar fasciitis [fa-she-i-tis] means an inflamed plantar fascia. 
 
The plantar fascia has the unenviable task of supporting our body through our feet. It holds the fore foot to the rearfoot and without it our feet could completely collapse. 
Self-care of your feet and legs is always important but in people with Diabetes this is absolutely crucial. 
 
The key is to establish a daily routine. 
 
1. Clean and moisturise your feet. 
2. Use a mirror or willing family member to check for any cuts, blisters or ingrowing nails and clean and dress these immediately. 
3. Wear socks inside out so seams do not rub. 
4. Always wear well-fitting footwear and never go barefoot or just in sock soles. 
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