Plantar fasciitis is a condition of the foot in which your feet, especially the heel, feels like you are walking on pins and needles. They may only feel this way when you make your first steps in the morning, or after you have been resting your feet for some time. While walking, though, you may not feel pain at all. This is because the tendon in the foot that runs from the toes back to the heel is ripped, torn, or stretched too much. The tendon thickens and creates this pain, but only when it isn't in use, not when you are walking or doing any other type of activity that involves you being on your feet. If you have plantar fasciitis, there are treatments that may work for you. Read below for a few things you can do to help.
1. Stretch Often
Often times, you end up with this condition because you are active, but you aren't stretching as you should. Stretching your feet and the tendons in the foot prior to exercise will help with this, as it can loosen up the tendon without causing too much strain. Stretch before doing any type of exercise, or stretch if you are on your feet a lot. Stretch the tendons in your foot by placing the ball of your foot on the wall and pressing your foot into the wall. This stretches the entire foot and your calf muscle as well.
2. Wrap Your Foot
To help offer extra support for your foot, you can sometimes wrap your foot in kinesiology tape. This tape will help to offer support for your foot so you don't end up in pain after a long day of being on your feet. This is a good idea to combine this with wearing shoe inserts and wearing proper footwear to help support your feet, especially if you are on your feet a lot during the day.
3. Wear Supportive Shoes
Wearing supportive shoes will help to heal your plantar fasciitis. If your shoes don't offer enough support, you could end up with this issue, or other issues such as falling arches, or heel spurs. Make sure your shoes are giving your feet the cushion they need, as well as arch support.
These are just a few of the things you can do that can help heal your plantar fasciitis. Talk to a podiatrist about other tips to help your feet, or visit a local podiatry center, like Advanced Foot Clinic.