Plantar fasciitis is a real pain to say the very least, it is one of those conditions that both really really hurts and is really really inconvenient.
The subject of pain relief boiled down is really about freedom. Being free of pain is about the freedom to do all the things we need to do in order to thrive and the freedom to be able to do all the things we love and enjoying doing. This holds true whether we are talking about plantar fasciitis, knee pain, back pain, hip pain or even headaches.
Plantar Fasciitis most definitely has the capacity to limit our basic freedom by making it very painful to just stand, walk and run. I have met many people who have actually found that plantar fasciitis has become a significant health issue because they are unable to exercise due to crippling pain. An inability to move comfortably leads on to the weight gain and mild depression that so often comes with an inability to be active. Thankfully in countless less serious cases plantar fasciitis is just plain annoying but not completely life limiting, but even those cases can get worse over time.
So for sufferers of plantar fasciitis what are 3 basic things we can do at home to help manage the pain and reduce inflammation in the foot –
Plantar fasciitis trick 1 – Roll an ice bottle – Fill a plastic bottle with water freeze it and roll the sore part of your foot back and forth for 15 minutes to reduce inflammation and slow down nerve impulses from the painful area.
Plantar fasciitis trick 2 – use a shakti mat – Buy yourself a shakti mat ( don’t be scared ) you can start just by resting your foot gently on the mat while your sat on the sofa if it’s too sore to put pressure on it. Repeat every day for 5 minutes at whatever level of pressure you can handle and gradually increase pressure over time
Plantar fasciitis trick 3 – stretch your toes up – Point your toes firmly up towards the tip of your nose hold them stretch down through your heel ( like trying to make your leg longer between the hip & your heel ) hold the toes and heel stretch for 30 seconds then relax x 10 reps – repeat OFTEN.
So there you have it 3 excellent ways of helping to manage the unpleasant and limiting pain of plantar fasciitis. If you want to look deeper into this issue and try to figure out what causing your plantar fasciitis or heel pain please feel free to get in touch. We take people through a process that starts with looking at the foot and way it is functioning when you walk and run. We aim to find preventative measures that can help with your pain both now and in the future.. we are in for the long haul.