Plantar fasciitis is the technical term for an injury to the plantar fascia ligament and is the most common cause of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament (the plantar fascia) that runs through the arch of the foot becomes inflamed due to injury, overuse, or wearing unsupportive shoes. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include: pain in the heel or arch of the foot, pain when you first get out of bed in the morning, and/or after sitting, and burning or throbbing in the foot at night. Plantar fasciitis can become so painful that it causes pain with every step and if left untreated – not even able to walk.
3 Tips to Stop Your Heel Pain:
Stretch – Stretch your calf muscles regularly to prevent “tight” leg muscles that increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. If you have heel pain NOW then start gentle calf stretching exercises 3 times a day. When the muscles in your calf are tight they pull on the heel bone tightening the plantar fascia.
Plantar Fascia Sleeve – A plantar fascia compression sleeve is one of the newer gadgets on the market to relieve heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis, swelling, heel spurs and arch pain. This medical grade sleeve has graduated compression to help support the plantar fascia and arch area. It’s like giving the arch of your foot a good hug!
Insoles and Over the Counter Orthotics – An insole that fits into your shoe can help support the arch of the foot and relieve the strain on the plantar fascia ligament. Doctor recommended arch supports, shoe insoles, running insoles, OTC orthotics are a good start at supporting the arch and therefore relieving the plantar fasciitis heel pain.
But don’t buy just any insole or arch support! Shop at a running store or foot specialty store such as Foot Traffik, where they are more knowledgeable and are more likely to help you find what is best for you, not just sell you any item.
Custom foot orthotics (made from a podiatrist) can also support the foot and arch to alleviate plantar fasciitis symptoms.
If your foot pain is not improving or you are unable to bear weight on your foot, call a foot specialist (podiatrist) immediately.
The above tips can help reduce the pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia. However, the best way to alleviate plantar fasciitis is to seek immediate treatment from a qualified podiatrist.
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