If you experience a consistent sharp throbbing or aching heel pain each time you step out of bed in the morning, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Discover the ways you can bring relief to that pain, plus 5 shoes Arch Angel has picked out just for this condition.
What is plantar fasciitis? Our feet consist of ligaments which together support standing, walking and running. The plantar fascia ligament is one of them, located along the sole and stretching from the heel bone, across the arch and towards the toes. When it gets inflamed, it means that the ligament has stretched and/or moved more than it should, resulting in small tears – thus the pain.
Alleviate Your Pain With These Methods
1. Let your feet rest.
Trust your gut feel. When the ligament is torn or stressed, your feet feels it too, so allow your feet to rest immediately. In addition, try adjusting your daily habits to incorporate pockets of rest for your feet.
2. Apply something cold.
Lay an ice pack on your heels for 20 minutes, twice daily. Don’t have an ice pack? Simply freeze a water bottle, cover it with a towel and place the arch of your foot above it. Then, slowly roll the bottle under your arch for about five minutes. Switch sides and repeat.
3. Invest in orthotics.
Orthotics are devices designed to lessen pressures exerted on specific areas of your body. For the feet, that could mean wraps, splints and shoe inserts.
4. Massage and stretch.
Just like how your body feels luxuriously pampered after a massage, the same goes for your feet and calves. The act of massaging and stretching delivers a fresh flow of oxygenated blood to the areas in pain, bringing relief to your feet and calves after standing many hours for extended periods of time.
5. See a doctor.
If the pain doesn’t resolve in two weeks, or when you experience pain even without exerting weight on the affected area(s) – that’s when you’ve to see a doctor. Most general practitioners are familiar with treating plantar fasciitis since it’s a common ailment, but severe cases may require a Podiatrist, who’ll look deeper into issues related to the joints, tissues, muscles and bones of the feet.
On top of these, a good pair of shoes can bring relief from the pains associated with plantar fasciitis too. Here are a few choice recommendations from Arch Angel you can try today.