Dealing with heel pain became the norm for Janel Tedesco.
"For a while, I had thought I was on my feet too much or it was the shoes I was wearing," said Tedesco.
Tedesco, however, was part of the ten percent of Americans who suffer from plantar fasciitis, a condition that occurs when the thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot, degenerates.
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"The inside part of the heel, typically on the bottom, is where it hurts most people. For some people, it's not so painful, some people, it's excruciating. Some people can't work and some people l treat have gone on disability because it's so painful," said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, who has seen patients of all ages and backgrounds suffer from the condition.
"It affects everyone: runners, people that don't run. It affects older people, younger people, people that are heavy, people that are light. It has no race preference nor gender preference," said Warner.
She added that there are techniques and devices that can help.
"Some people go get a massage. Some people do reflexology," said Warner, who sometimes recommends physical therapy for patients.
She also developed a special flip-flop for her patients.
"I like to think of it as a medical device instead of a flip-flop," said Warner. "This device stretches, cushions and distresses the plantar fascia in one device, as opposed to going to the doctors three different visits to try three different things."
Tedesco got treatment for her pain and now knows the tricks to living pain-free.
"If you wear the right shoes and have the right support, then your day is good," said Tedesco.
For more information on Dr. Warner and her medical flip flop, visit www.thehealingsole.com.