Your foot has a thick layer of skin and muscle that protects it from toe to heel; it is called the sole of your foot and is the primary protection for your feet from the impact produced by walking, jogging or running along with other physical activities that involves striking your food repeatedly against a hard surface. With such usage, inflammation and strains are common, and this is called plantar fasciitis.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis
The symptoms of this disease are:
- Pain in your heel or sole, that may become shooting pain. This may present throughout the day and alleviate during rests.
- On occasion this pain extends to the toes of the foot.
- Swelling or inflammation of the heel may appear.
Your daily activities may be affected by this pain, impeding your regular routines.
Advice to alleviate the condition
One of the most common remedies is the application of ice over the inflamed area. Left on for about 15 minutes, ice can reduce the inflammation and pain. If your condition is advanced, we recommend applying 5 to 6 times a day.
Pain in this condition is typically present during the first hours of the day. We recommend foot massages focusing on the big toe which has been proven to help the foot muscles relax and ease pain. Use a round object, such as ball, to massage the arches of your feet, to refresh your feet and ease your pain.
On the other hand, to guarantee a long-lasting cure, you should use shoes with a thick sole that supports the foot. Specialized insoles can be purchased to help support your feet and protect your heels. If available to you, you should use orthopedic supports.
Preventing the condition
If you’ve yet to experience the pain of this condition or if your condition is only just appearing, there are things you can do to avoid worsening it or preventing it altogether.
- Lose extra weight to alleviate the pressure on your feet.
- Avoid – as much as possible – long periods of standing or walking barefoot, or with shoes whose soles are thin and offer no support.
- Engage in physical activities that alternate the exertion of your feet with rest.
- When you are running, jumping or jogging avoid hard surfaces and aim for easier surfaces such as grass.
Things to remember
Plantar Fasciitis can have many causes in addition to many treatments and prevention methods. Your feet are important to your overall health and play a key role in allowing you to stay busy and healthy.
Finally, we recommend taking care of your feet to stay active and responding to your brain‘s commands without pain. Every part of your body should be cared for especially when they may suffer a debilitating injury or illness.