Plantar fasciitis is a condition in the foot that occurs when there is inflammation in the connective tissue that runs from the toe to the back of the heel. This condition can be very painful although it usually only hurts when the person stops moving. The first steps in the morning may be incredibly painful, feeling like needles in the heel. This is because as you continue to move, this tissue stretches. Once you stop moving, the tissue tightens again, and you feel pain. There are a few different treatment options for plantar fasciitis that can help alleviate the pain and help get you feeling more like yourself. Read on for a few treatment options.
Stretching can help alleviate the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Stretching the connective tissue will help strengthen the band and reduce inflammation. A few things you can do include pressing the toes of your foot into a wall while the other foot is behind you. Step into the wall so that you are putting all of the pressure onto the wall and stretching that one foot. Repeat on the other side. You can also try picking up a towel or ball with with your foot, repeating with the other foot. Rolling a frozen water bottle with your foot will help stretch the band in your foot as well.
Using ice on your foot when you're at rest will also help treat plantar fasciitis. The ice will help reduce the inflammation and help ease the pain you are feeling. Use a frozen bottle of water to not only help with stretching the band but also to ice the affected area. You can use ice packs or ice wrapped in a towel. Be sure not to use ice directly on the skin as you can injure the skin.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be beneficial if you have plantar fasciitis. For some, this helps reduce the inflammation and also help with pain as well. Don't take these pain relievers for a prolonged time as it may cause health further health problems. Consult your physician about taking over-the-counter pain relievers for an extended period of time.
Using a splint or taping the foot can help with pain and inflammation. These can help stretch the connective tissue and prevent the pain you feel when you rise each morning. It helps prevent the tissue from relaxing back into place and helps keep it stretched. Tape can also be used to stretch the connective band.
These are just a few different treatment options; if your plantar fasciitis is too severe, surgery may be required. Talk to a podiatrist at a foot treatment center about which option is best for you.