Understanding and Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Ever found yourself wincing in pain after taking that first step in the morning? 

You may be dealing with the notorious plantar fasciitis. 

Plantar Fasciitis is the diva of foot discomfort, making an entrance by inflaming the plantar fascia – the band of tissue running along the bottom of your foot. 

Too much running, standing or improper shoes can trigger plantar fasciitis as well as having flat feet or high arches.

How to treat Plantar Fasciitis

Rest and Ice

Give your feet a break, and apply ice to the affected area to reduce inflammation

Stretching Exercises

Gentle exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon and calf muscles can provide relief

Supportive Footwear

Invest in shoes with proper arch support and cushioning to alleviate strain

Orthotic Inserts

Custom or over-the-counter inserts can help distribute pressure evenly

Physical Therapy

A professional can guide you through exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the foot.

How to help prevent Plantar Fasciitis

Choose the Right Shoes

Opt for footwear that suits your activity and provides adequate support

Gradual Exercise Increase

Avoid sudden increases in activity; allow your body to adjust gradually

Maintain a Healthy Weight

If overweight, shedding pounds can reduce stress on the plantar fascia

Stretch Regularly

Incorporate stretching exercises into your routine to keep the plantar fascia flexible

Listen to Your Body

Pay attention to signs of discomfort and address them promptly

Plantar Fasciitis can be a bit of a party crasher, but with self-care, comfy shoes, and some basic foot knowledge we can keep on dancing!

Sam ‘off to get a pedicure’ Hobbs