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What do President Obama, Padres baseball infielder Jedd Gyorko and pregnancy have in common? I bet this question has you a bit puzzled or perplexed? Well, your answer is plantar fasciitis, a painful ailment affecting the heel and underside of the foot. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), this condition occurs in as many as 2 million Americans per year and 10% of the population over their lifetimes. If you’ve never experienced this potentially debilitating disorder, you may not know how it can develop.

Plantar Fasciitis Causes

Plantar fasciitis can result from a job, sport, or hobby that involves prolonged standing or other weight-bearing activity. Additionally, sudden increases in length and/or intensity in an activity, increased body weight or flat feet could serve as contributing factors. Plantar fasciitis doesn’t discriminate against the age, sex or athletic ability.

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President Obama’s passion for “shooting hoops” is a likely culprit for his “basketball heel” as some alternatively reference plantar fasciitis. A number of ObamabasketballNBA players have recently been sidelined with it, too; therefore, its awareness is growing among the press. Numerous baseball related tasks – running with sudden bursts of speed, stops and turns- coupled with pivoting motions can develop into plantar fasciitis, such as in the case of Gyorko.

Pregnancy triggers a variety of changes in women’s bodies, and many share common complaints throughout. One of these that are often overlooked is foot pain. Due to the natural weight gain during pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity is completely altered which causes a new weight-bearing stance and added pressure to the knees and feet. Over-pronation (flat feet) and edema (swelling) can result. These problems can lead to plantar fasciitis.

Protect Against Plantar Fasciitis

PregancyRegular socks (non-activity specific) not only don’t help—they actually may play a significant role in the cause, by not providing effective foot protection because they slip around in the shoe and they may not properly control moisture. Thorlos clinically-tested padded socks (CTPS), properly fitted with your shoes and if needed any inserts or orthotics, can help protect against these harmful effects. Thorlos in fact offers specially designed, activity-specific, padded socks for just about every activity. “I have been wearing different styles of Thorlos socks for about 9 years,” comments wearer Julie H. “I tossed out all my other socks. I have plantar fasciitis, and I walk and hike daily…..thanks to the comfort of the Thorlos cushioning.” “I work 10 hour shifts and I stand and walk for 9 of those hours,” adds wearer Joe S. “I have had calluses and plantar fasciitis and these socks made a big difference in how my feet felt at the end of my long days at work…highly recommended!”

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