Plantar fasciitis is notoriously difficult to manage, this means that treatment for plantar fasciitis pain is a notoriously tricky business to be in. The good news for me and possibly you also is that there is a world of difference between ‘notoriously difficult’ and ‘impossible’. For many in fact, this news is gladly received it can start to seem a little impossible if you have been through multiple rounds of failed treatment for plantar fasciitis pain with little or no relief.
For those of us who value the enjoyment of an active life, the subject of ‘relief’ is good, there is also the subject of ‘resolution’ to be considered. It is all good to find treatments for your plantar fasciitis pain that make you feel better for a day, a week, a month or even a year, but the last thing any of us want is the frustration and disappointment of finding our pain returns once treatment for plantar fasciitis pain stops.
‘Relief’ from treatment for plantar fasciitis pain while being notoriously difficult, is like I said is far from impossible. Given the use of treatments that prove to be useful in your particular case of plantar fasciitis pain and the consistent application of those remedies relief will come.
There are a broad spectrum of treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that all have their place in the process. Those that don’t work for you need to be thrown out and those that work for you need to be held tight and squeezed until they reach the limits of their effectiveness.
There are a variety of ways in which plantar fasciitis pain can manifest depending upon how your genetics interact with your lifestyle and your environment. These complex and largely un-measurable interactions will dictate which of the following treatments for plantar fasciitis pain will work for you.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that boost circulation can bring relief. These methods include ice, heat and suction cups.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that reduce pain signals can bring relief. These methods include pain killers, heat and ice.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that reduce tension in the plantar fascia can bring relief. These methods include stretching and taping.
There are many treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that simply will not work for you, and often there will be no knowing for sure why that is. If you have a mindset of persistence, can keep the faith and have the right help you will find the treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that work for you. The best way to leverage this process is to find a practitioner who is willing to go through a systematic process and explore different options with you.
‘Resolution’ of plantar fasciitis which is another way of saying ‘lasting relief’ is quite a different topic, mindset and quite a different set of tools to those which are designed to bring pain relief.
‘Relief’ is for the most part is about using treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that create change within the body. Breaking up scar tissue and improving circulation etc. within the injured and inflamed tissues themselves.
‘Resolution’ of plantar fasciitis pain is predicated on alleviating stress in the foot so that the damage does not continue or reoccur.
The damage which I am referring to is caused by the interaction of your feet with the ground/shoes when you are engaged in weight bearing activities like walking and running. This means that when we talk about alleviating ‘stress’, the stress in question is your feet and heels bashing down on hard surfaces millions of times a year. All this stress is what causes scar tissue etc. to build up in the foot, and it’s that process that we want to interrupt by making life easier for your poor old feet.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that reduce stress in the foot with the goal of creating pain resolution include…
Treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that aid resolution by supporting the arch. These treatments include custom orthotics and specific footwear.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that aid resolution by strengthening the hip muscles. These treatments include specific glute strength exercises and balance board exercises.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that reduce stress in the heel. These treatments include custom orthotics, insoles and heel cushions
Treatments for plantar fasciitis pain that decreases the hardness of surfaces at home and in the workplace. These treatments include both changes in the type of flooring itself and placing mats on areas that a lot of time is spent on.
All of the above are ways and means to reduce stress in the foot. All of the above are ways and means to prevent re-establishment of damage and scar tissue in the foot. All of the above are ways and means of making it so that once you feel better you can stay feeling better. It is worth mentioning that many of them won’t bring relief however if there is still scar tissue in your foot .. that’s where the ‘relief’ tools come in.
Regardless of the specific ingredients which prove to be in your recipe of treatments for plantar fasciitis pain, the fundamental battle cry is always that of freedom!!
Being free of plantar fasciitis pain is about you having the freedom to do all the things you need to do in order to survive and thrive in a state of comfort. Being free of plantar fasciitis pain is about you having the freedom to actively care for and engage with all the people in your life in a state of comfort. Being free from plantar fasciitis pain is also about you having the freedom to enjoy a normal active life filled with fun in a state of comfort. Virtually your entire quality of life is pinned on your ability to move without pain… and the rest is just details.