Plantar Fasciitis is a common word to hear from runners, or even yourself. Sometimes we can coin these terms and self diagnose based on the pain others experience, but is it really what you are experiencing? Knowing the symptoms and causes can help identify the pain, and thankfully, there are many remedies and ways to help aid the pain and the road to recovery!
So, what is Plantar Fasciitis?
"Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting." (Mayo Clinic Staff).
Since it stretches from the heel bone to the toes, the pain can stretch anywhere in between, and can also feel like the pain is in the arch of the foot. Runners also experience the pain on and off for a month to a year, depending on other changing variables such as recovery, rest, and aid.
So, what should you do if you start to feel the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis? In any case of pain, and these symptoms seem to fit in with your pain, there are many things you can do to help aid and recover. First step is making sure you are in the proper shoe. Let us take you through our fit process so that we can better cater to what your feet need. The next step would be finding a comfortable insert for you to wear. We carry models from Superfeet that help aid in recovering such as the comfort insoles. This model from Superfeet
We also carry specialty products in the area of recovery, like the new Feetures socks specifically for plantar fasciitis. A Strasburg sock also helps aid the pain. This special sock acts as a way to stretch the foot while sleeping, since our feet are limp during that time. Extending the toes back to the leg at a 90º angle. This helps many people wake up and hit the floor pain free the following morning. Targeted Compression lifts, stretches, and stabilized the plantar fascia and supports the Achilles Tendon.
We also carry an assortment of rollers in various shapes and sizes that help massage the foot and bring blood to the area. There are many home remedies that work well such as rolling the foot on a tennis ball or filling a water bottle full of water and freezing it, then allowing the foot to roll and ice in one sitting.
Possibly the most difficult in the journey of having plantar fasciitis is resting. The amount of rest and recovery for everyone is different. The more you are on your feet, agitating the inflammation, the more time it will take to heal. Finding other activities to do that do not irritate the plantar fasciitis.
If you would like to medically diagnose your plantar fasciitis, we recommend consulting with our in house doctors. Dr. Paul Langer frequents our store and can help you diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis and beyond.