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Will my foot wear choice effect how I heal from plantar fasciitis?

Yes, women who wear high heels may experience a longer recovery time due to the fact that their calf muscles are always in a shortened position. This leads to tight calf musculature which can decrease ankle range of motion and place more stress on the plantar fascia. If possible, try not to wear shoes with an elevated heel; this will help decrease calf tightness. Also, wearing foot wear with poor arch support, such as sandles or flip flops, can also lead to plantar fasciitis. Foot wear with poor arch support can force your feet to flatten (when your arch drops toward the ground) which stretches the fascia and over time leads to inflammation. For some, it may be necessary to use orthotics in your shoe to provide better support to the arch of the foot and decrease stress to the fascia.

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