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What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a disorder that causes pain in the heel and in the lower part of the foot. It’s important to wear the best shoe for plantars fasciitis to recover.The pain is usually more severe with the first steps of the day or after a rest period. 

Pain also occurs frequently when you bend your foot and toes toward the shin and may be aggravated by a tight Achilles tendon. The condition usually appears slowly. In approximately one-third of people, both legs are affected.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms

The causes of plantar fasciitis are not entirely clear. Risk factors include excessive use, such as for prolonged periods, an increase in exercise, and obesity. It is also associated with the internal balance of the foot and a lifestyle that involves little exercise. 

Although heel spurs are often found, it is unclear whether they have a role in causing the disease. Plantar fasciitis is a disorder of the site of insertion of the ligament in the bone characterized by micro tears, collagen rupture, and scarring. Since inflammation plays a minor role, a review proposed that the name of plantar fasciosis be changed. The diagnosis is usually based on signs and symptoms, and ultrasound is sometimes used to help.

 Other conditions with similar symptoms include osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. Most cases of plantar fasciitis resolve over time and conservative methods of treatment. Usually, during the first weeks, people are advised to rest, change their activities, take painkillers, and stretch. If this is not enough, physical therapy, orthotics, splints, or steroid injections may be options. If other measures do not work, extracorporeal shock wave therapy or surgery can be attempted.

Between 4% and 7% of people have heel pain at any given time, and approximately 80% of these cases are due to plantar fasciitis. Approximately 10% of people have a disorder at some time in their life. It becomes more common with age. It is not clear if one sex is more affected than the other.

The cause of plantar fasciitis is poorly understood and is believed to have several contributing factors probably. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue that originates in the medial tubercle and the anterior aspect of the heel bone. From there, the fascia extends along the sole of the foot before inserting into the base of the toes and supports the arch of the foot.

Originally, it was believed that plantar fasciitis was an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia. However, in the last decade, studies have observed microscopic anatomical changes that indicate that plantar fasciitis is actually due to a non-inflammatory structural decomposition of the plantar fascia instead of an inflammatory process.

Due to this change in thinking about the underlying mechanisms in plantar fasciitis, many in the academic community have stated that the condition should be renamed plantar fasciosis. It is believed that the structural failure of the plantar fascia is the result of repetitive microtrauma (small tears). Microscopic examination of the plantar fascia often shows myxomatous degeneration, calcium deposits in connective tissue, and disorganized collagen fibers.

It is believed that abnormalities in the normal mechanical movement of the plantar fascia during rest and walking (known as the Windlass mechanism) contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis by exerting excessive stress on the calcaneal tuberosity.

Other studies have also suggested that plantar fasciitis is not actually due to inflamed plantar fascia, but it may be a tendon injury that affects the short flexor muscle of the fingers located immediately in the deep part of the plantar fascia.

Horse riding clothing: where to buy it in Milan

Newbies or professionals, to ride a horse you must choose the right clothing: stretch riding trousers, polo or t-shirt, if necessary a sweatshirt or jacket (provided it is not too long or wide), rubber or leather boots with long socks underneath or gaiters and boots, gloves (wool, fleece or thermal in winter, cotton or microfiber in summer).

The watchwords are two: comfort and safety. It is therefore necessary to start with the protective riding hat, the so-called cap (a black helmet used for this discipline), which must be light but strong, of adequate size and breathable.

The trousers for horse riding must be tight, to be slipped into the boots, elasticated and reinforced, while the boots must cover the entire calf reaching down to below the knee. Above, a normal short-sleeved t-shirt that is simple and comfortable will do.

But which are the best clothing stores for horse riding in Milan and its province? Let’s find out together.


The most famous clothing store for horse riding in Milan is Pariani, which – to tell the truth – is above all an artisan saddlery. Next to the laboratory in Via Capecelatro in Milan, a 200-square-metre shop (dedicated to companies that have joined forces in Milan with Tailor Made: Selleria Pariani, Franceschini Stivali and IVJTEX) offers a vast selection of the best brands of clothing and accessories for horse riding: Cavalleria Toscana, Desori, Dimacci, Equitaly, ForHorses, Kask, Kep Italia, Lamicell, Las Helmets, Razza Pura, Roeckl, Rönner, Royal Rider, Samshield, Sarm Hippique, Vestrum, Veredus.

My Horse

In Via Garibaldi 2 in Canegrate, My Horse boasts an extensive catalogue of products for horse riding, horse riding and knight riding. Manufacturer of a complete line of clothing and accessories for horse riding under the brand My Horse, and distributor of the most prestigious brands in the industry, also offers a practical laundry service for cleaning blankets and accessories of the horse. When it comes to horse riding apparel, it’s really important to eliminate germs, bacteria and parasites that are responsible for certain skin diseases, but also to take care of the garments and accessories so that they last longer. My Horse only uses detergents, tuberculosis, bactericide, fungicide and virucide authorised by the Ministry of Health for washing.

El Cuero Saddlery

In Abbiategrasso, in via Cesare Correnti 6, the Selleria El Cuero offers a wide range of clothing for men and women, with a strong western style. There is a wide selection of belts, hats, boots, bags, blankets and hoodies, nipples and longs, underbelly and hooks, underbelly, protections, bites, reins, stirrups & co. Here you can buy the Blue River saddles, made of Texas leather Hermann Oak, able to last a lifetime and extremely flexible during horseback riding. And then the Phill Cheaney reins – all cut and sewn by hand -, the personalized spurs and Raymond Maheu bites.

Guide to buying the best rock shoes

Rock shoes, also called “hedgehog shoes” are absolutely essential if you practice water sports such as snorkeling or if you go to rocky beaches or you prefer to live in the sea near the cliffs.

Choose carefully the rock shoes and always wear them when spending time on rocky shores or near rough sea beds avoids incurring in small but annoying accidents such as cuts and wounds of various kinds as well as stings of animals such as precisely the hedgehogs or dangerous tracers.

Characteristics of anti-slip rock shoes

Now that we’ve finally put our snowshoes aside, let’s get ready for a conscious purchase of the new, lighter rock shoes. The main feature that this solution must necessarily possess is a sturdy non-slip sole. The structure of the sole, as well as the material from which it is formed must be of good quality and equipped with a structure similar to that of rocker shoes, also suitable for climbing or sport climbing.

Another fundamental characteristic of a good pair of rock climbing shoes is the adherence to the foot and the flexibility under the thrust of the body weight. In practice, therefore, the hedgehog shoes must be a sort of second skin, so as not to slip off when, bending, the foot deforms the shoe allowing water to enter.

Choosing a velcro closure is one of the best solutions to definitively prevent the loss of shoes while at sea, but there are also models that do not need special closures and adhere to the top of the foot thanks to the elasticity of the materials from which they are made.

The breathable material is excellent for rock shoes intended to be worn for long periods, while the transparent rock shoes, which can be made exclusively of rubber, are suitable for those who prefer to maintain a less sporty and more discreet look and especially for those who wear rock shoes rarely and for short periods.

Rock shoe models with fingers are preferred by those who literally climb rocks and rocky protuberances or who walk on them for a long time. This type of shoe allows a total adaptation of the foot to the ground (horizontal or vertical) thanks to the ability to articulate perfectly each toe of the foot.

Choose the size of your rock climbing shoes

When choosing the size of curly shoes you should always refer to the size chart provided by the manufacturer, except for the presence of disorders such as hallux valgus. The golden rule of sports shoes (i.e. that it is always better to take a measure just larger than the actual size of the foot) does not apply at all to rock shoes. A shoe that is too large will risk increasing the risk of slipping on the rocks, preventing the foot from grasping the ground correctly; a shoe that is too small, especially if used for a long time, could hurt or cut the foot (especially in the upper part) or in any case make the period in which it is worn very uncomfortable.

Where to buy rock shoes?

Rock shoes are sold in every shop specializing in sports equipment and, of course, in stores that handle equipment and clothing for marine and diving activities. By contacting specialized shops you will be sure to always buy quality products, able to last over time, to ensure excellent protection to the foot and a good grip on rough underwater terrain.

Curly shoes for sale in supermarkets or tourist shops of seaside resorts are generally of low or medium quality and may even have metal closures that should be avoided absolutely for the speed with which they rust in contact with water, increasing the risk of dangerous injuries.

The price of good quality rock shoes ranges from €15 to €20 and more professional models can even exceed these figures, while the price of cheaper models is around €10. The model with fingers is much more expensive, reaching even prices around 75 euros.

Going running in winter? Just the right clothing!

Running in winter may seem crazy, but true sports lovers don’t give up running and its benefits even in the cold season.

Here is a useful guide on anti-cold clothing and accessories.

How to dress up to go running in winter?

No to cotton: cotton clothes absorb sweat and moisture, so if you wear natural fabric running clothes you risk getting a cold. Choose the right fabrics, i.e. those that have both an insulating and a breathable component: in this way the heat is retained, while sweat is released. We recommend materials made of 100% anti-odour polyester.

It is important to wear a good quality thermal jersey in order not to create itching and other annoyances in contact with the skin. Avoid the classic K-way that will make you sweat too much without losing weight! No matter if you are a man or a woman, it is advisable to wear a tights to run and feel lighter. Like restful socks, there are models that stimulate microcirculation and reduce muscle fatigue, also allowing you to limit soreness, thanks to the drop in muscle vibrations.

Pants: we recommend a model with side seams (possibly with zippered pockets and a drop pocket at the waist). It will be easier to store small iPods or MP3s, essential for running.

Our outfit is completed by a snow jacket, windproof and rainproof that we recommend you buy with snow clothing in the outlets. Most winter running clothing is made with reflective inserts, but in case of fog, darkness or reduced visibility, it is useful to take the right precautions and equip yourself with luminescent accessories.

If the cold becomes more intense, to be able to practice our beloved running in winter you can add a layer between the jersey and the sweatshirt: we suggest the fleece, which has an insulating component for a run away from the cold. And then, once home… you have to change immediately after jogging!

Tips for the coolest accessories

Cold hands are one of the worst things about running. It is essential to have gloves made of thermal fabric. For materials, we recommend: nylon, polyester and spandex to keep hands warm while sweat is kept away from the skin.

Breathing cold air is not the best when running in winter. A combo windproof neck warmer can be a good solution to avoid taking ailments while running. There are all sorts of them. For the female outfit: from black to spotted, to the pastel colours of the moment (pink, purple).

If the temperature drops very low, you can add a more “technical” underwear: warm and well adherent that retains moisture, retains heat and neutralizes odors. What about the head? The latter disperses up to 30% of our body heat. It is important to complete our winter jogging clothing with a double-layer running band or winter beret.

In short, running in winter at any temperature is possible with the right winter running gear (not forgetting the right running shoes!) and dressing up as an onion will be even cooler!