If you have plantar fasciitis, or someone you know, you know or have heard how appalling the pain can be. Luckily, this painful condition of the foot tends to solve and heal on its own. However, healing can last as few as a couple of weeks to as many as a few months. Regardless of how long or short the process of healing may take you, the pain makes one too long each day.
There is no magic cure for plantar fasciitis and as the condition involves a foot ligament’s repair and healing, there is only so much that can be done to “speed up” the healing process. However, there are treatments that can be done to ensure that the healing progresses rather than re-injuring the tendon.
Give the rest to your feet
The best thing anyone with plantar fasciitis can do to give your foot time to heal is to limit the time he or she is on their feet. The injury of the tendon at the bottom of your feet due to sudden, excessive pressure on it is plantar fasciitis. Try standing, walking or running as little time as possible. Icing the foot bottom with an icepack can help make the pain numb.
Exercises to stretch and strengthen
Strengthening exercises can also help the tendon to heal faster as well as rest it. The stronger the tendon needs to be, with more pressure and weight on it, not to be as prone to painful injury. Stretches that involve bending the foot up to lengthen the tendon as well as exercises such as massaging the foot’s bottom by rolling it over a tennis ball on the ground are great places to start. Your podiatrist will probably be able to show you other exercises that can help accelerate recovery.
For those seeking to continue stretching and strengthening their tendon of plantar fasciitis during the night, there are specialized braces available to keep their foot flexed upward.
Insoles for shoes, support for arches and boots
Most of the time, people with plantar fasciitis are too busy to “kick their feet up” completely. They have jobs to do and they have families to look after. Regardless of your circumstances, if you need to remain on your feet after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, there are available shoe insoles and arch supports that can redistribute the pressure from your tendon to other foot areas. There are also specialized boots that are reminiscent of ski boots that can be worn by those with more severe plantar fasciitis cases.Suitable footwear
Sometimes a simple footwear change can ease your pain with plantar fasciitis and be a good first step on the road to recovery and healing. Flat shoes have little to no arch support and padding as well as heel shoes can directly redistribute the pressure on the feet to the tendon, which can increase pain and damage. While resting your feet, counter-pain relievers such as Tylenol, Advil and Aleve can help to reduce discomfort.