Best footwear for your activity

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The key to safe activity and injury prevention is wearing the proper footwear for your activity. Not all shoes tennis shoes are the same, which is why it's important that you have the right footwear when you need it.

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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

This article is part of the Essential Guide to Hip Pain Relief.

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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