I wasn’t worried when my primary physician told me I had plantar fasciitis. He went carefully explained how it can be treated. Fortunately, the treatment is simple and inexpensive.
I started getting worried a year later. I purchased a pair of custom orthotics shoes, underwent months of physical therapy, and I took my fair share of anti-inflammatory medicine. I had my platar fasciitis in check if I didn’t jog or run. The plantar fasciitis flared up when I participated in strenuous physical activities like hiking, jogging, and jumping.
This was a difficult time for me. I was afraid that my battle with plantar fasciitis would hinder me from participating in my favorite outdoor activities. I read a couple of books that suggested that if I wanted to avoid the surgery room, I should consider staying off my feet for about six weeks. To be honest, I didn’t think I would be able to do this.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis takes place when the plantar fascia, the extended ligament that runs from the heel bone to your forefoot, develops small tears that cause swelling and pain. In many instances, the pain can be pretty harsh for anyone. In my case, it felt like someone was stabbing my heel with a sharp knife. You can also feel a sharp pain along the sole of your foot if you aggravate your ligament for an extended period of time.
Many things can cause plantar fasciitis, but intensive medical research reveals that it all comes down to limited elasticity and abuse. Your plantar fascia is at risk if it cannot stretch far enough to deal with the pressure coming from a strenuous activity. It is imperative to point out that your plantar fascia will swell once you begin tearing it.
The Usual Treatments
Standard treatments address the swelling that normally occurs during the beginning stages of plantar fasciitis. If you show up at your physician’s office complaining about the sharp pain in your heel, you’ll be advised to take ibuprofen, place ice on the area, and give your feet a break. This works well for many people. The swelling will go down, the plantar fascia heals, and they are ready to take on the world!
If this doesn’t work for you, your physical therapist or physician will focus on limiting the overstretching of the ligament. You may be given a night splint. The night splint will hold your foot in a comfortable flexed position while you are sleeping. The night splint will also keep your plantar fascia from getting tight while you are sleeping. This will help prevent you from aggravating it when you get out of the bed in the morning.
For some, the night splint provides immediate results. However, please keep in mind that you may need to go an extra step if the night splint is not providing any positive results. Orthotics may be the next option on the table. Orthotics have worked well for many. In some cases, it has provided instant results.
You should also always use high quality shoes for plantar fasciitis.
What makes the shoes suitable?
- well cushioned heel area – minimising force impact on the heel
- strong arch support – to roll your momentum
- orthotic design – never use flat footbed designs
You are running out of viable options if the methods above are not helping you. You may be facing physical therapy and long breaks off your feet. If that doesn’t work, you are looking at surgery. This is not a pleasant situation for anyone.
Tools for Treating Plantar Fasciitis
1. Icy Feet
Testers have told us that Ice Feet excels when it comes to providing therapeutic relief. Icy Feet is a molded pack with a raised arch and deep heel cup. It is designed to stay in close contact with the bottom of your foot
2. 30-Quart Plastic Bucket
Taking an ice bath during the summer can be uncomfortable and excruciating.
Here is the solution: Place ice on the area that hurts. You can use a 30-quart plastic storage box to
treat the painful area. Fill the box with cold water above your ankles. Drop several ice cubes in the tray for a full foot soak. This is creative method is used by people from all walks of life.
3. BRD Sport Plantar Fasciitis Brace
Manufactured in the United States, this brace features a strong strap that wraps around your mid-foot. The strap provides adequate support to the arch of your foot. With the help of silicone inserts, this special brace helps reduce the pain affiliated with plantar fasciitis.
4. Tennis Ball
Did you know that you can use a tennis ball to release your tight muscles? Sit on the ground and place a tennis ball beneath your calf muscle. Carefully roll the tennis ball around with your leg. If you are feeling pain, you have hit the right spot. Roll the ball on that area until you feel relief. It is imperative for you to avoid going past your pain threshold while using this method.
5. Moji 360 Foot Massager
The Moji 360 showcases different sized steel balls. The balls are designed to provide a stimulating massage to the plantar fascia. The larger balls provide a deeper massage, and are best suited for your arch.
6. Rice Bag
Put your feet on a rice bag. Make certain that the rice bag is big enough to support your feet and your Achilles’ tendons. This is a great option for anyone on a tight financial budget.
7. Strassburg Sock
The Strassburg Sock maintains a comfortable stretch to the fascia while are sleep. Increased flexibility will reduce your pain when you get out of the bed in the morning.