Relieving Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful but fortunately there are many conservative treatment options available for the condition and, in most cases, conservative treatment options are successful in relieving plantar fasciitis pain.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, exercises can help ease the pain by stretching out the calf muscle. We have a great stretching exercises handout available with exercises specifically designed to help with plantar fasciitis.
The exercises are easy and you can do them at home. The exercises in the handout require no props besides a towel and a frozen water bottle or juice can. However, there are props available that you can use to assist in your stretching exercises. You can find stretching exercise props at www.explainthepain.com.
The stretching exercises are not only good for plantar fasciitis, they can also help with other foot problems, such as tendinitis or general foot pain.
Wearing supportive shoes is also helpful. Walking without shoes can put strain on the plantar fascia. Try not to go barefoot even while you are at home. We recommend wearing shoes with good arch support and a slightly raised heel, which can help to reduce stress on the plantar fascia.
Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs can be used short-term for pain and to help decrease inflammation, and ice packs can help with inflammation as well when placed on the heel for 10 minutes several times a day.
Remember to always consult a physician before taking any medication and if you are still having pain, see a podiatrist for further treatment, which may include putting pads in the shoe to help soften the impact of walking and stabilize the foot, which reduces strain on the plantar fascia, more exercises or physical therapy, custom orthotics, a night splint, or in some cases corticosteroid injections or surgery.
However, even if one of these strategies works for you and your plantar fasciitis pain is relieved, it is important to continue with the preventative measures, such as wearing supportive footwear or a custom orthotic, to treat the underlying cause of your plantar fasciitis, which may still remain.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis and would like to set up an appointment with our office, please give us a call at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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