What is plantar fasciitis?

Walking can be painful if you have heel pain from plantar fasciitis

If you find yourself with unhappy feet, plantar fasciitis might be the reason for the tenderness and pain.

Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tur fashee-I-tiss) is the name for one of the most common causes of sharp, stabbing feeling near your heel.

When suffering from plantar fasciitis, people often feel the most discomfort after they wake up. The pain typically decreases as you start moving around in the morning—although it sometimes returns if you spend a considerable amount of time standing around or after you sit for a spell. For some, the condition also flares up right after exercise, too.

Read on to learn the best treatments for plantar fasciitis, how long the chronic condition usually takes to go away, what causes this type of heel pain, and more.

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Joint replacement beyond hips and knees: what you need to know

Doctor speaks with a patient about shoulder replacement surgery

Your joints are the places on your body where two bones meet. When they bend and straighten, they work with surrounding articular cartilage to help you get around.

Sometimes, though, your joints stop moving as smoothly as they used to and start causing debilitating pain when you try and do everyday activities.

The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone ...
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone ...
The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone ...

A lot of us got our introduction to anatomy—and joints—from the verses of the kid-friendly song “Dem Bones,” but the peppy spiritual keeps things positive, making no mention of what it’s like to have “bone-on-bone” connections go awry.

Read on to learn more about other types of effective-yet-less-popular joint replacement procedures that allow you to live pain-free, restore function and mobility, increase your joint strength and stability, and improve the overall quality of your life.

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Which exercises keep your joints healthy?

This article is part of the Ultimate Guide to Knee Replacement from Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Snap. Crackle. Pop.

Unfortunately, for some people, those three simple words bring to mind their noisy joints and not the famous breakfast cereal. The good news is that there are lots of different ways of being active that you can add to your daily life to improve your joint health as well as your strength, flexibility, balance, and mobility.

Whether trying to ease your arthritis pain or interested in learning what you can do keep your joints healthy, read on to learn more about how working on your fitness can help you keep moving and feeling your best.

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Anterior approach hip replacement: What to expect

Most of the time, hip pain and stiffness starts as a minor nuisance then—as time passes—worsens and begins to inhibit you from doing ordinary, day-to-day things pain-free as your hip joint deteriorates.

Making the decision to go ahead with hip replacement surgery to cure a problem hip involves considering which factors are causing your pain. That’s why, before proposing anterior hip replacement surgery, your orthopedic doctor may attempt to treat your hip pain nonsurgically.

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Tips for exercising when you have joint pain


This article is part of the Ultimate Guide to Knee Replacement from Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Back in 1687, Sir Isaac Newton proposed the law of inertia: “A body at rest tends to remain at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.”

Though Newton was talking about physics, his explanation also applies to how the human body works. As you age, the secret to keeping moving is to keep moving. In your body, it’s the joints that help make everyday movements—big and small—possible. Joints are the fibrous connective tissues that hold your bones together.

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