CHANCES ARE, that if you’re reading this, you have plantar fasciitis pain and know all about how limiting this can be. In the event that you aren’t familiar with this, and are reading for more info, I will give you a basic overview here.
Plantar Fasciitis Pain – What Are The Causes?
First of all, fasciitis, refers to fascia which is connective tissue that is throughout our bodies. This is what gives us shape and definition, without it, we would be basically a bag of bones and organs. You might say it’s the “glue that binds” us. When any part of the fascia becomes stressed or strained, it tightens, becomes constricted which is where the pain comes in.
There is a strong band of fascia in the bottom of our feet, which surrounds and connects to ligaments. The continual stress and strains of this fascia and ligament will lead to tiny tears in the ligament which then leads to pain and possible swelling. This can occur in just one foot, or occasionally both feet, and there can be several root causes:
- Excess weight bearing
- Improper posture
- Shoes with poor arch support
- Tight calf muscles
- Being on your feet for extended periods, particularly on hard surfaces
- Certain sporting activities
- Arches that are naturally too high or low
How Do I Know If I Have It?
This is something that most often builds up over time, not to say that a sudden case won’t crop up though. But once you have it, it’s fairly clear what it is. The first indication will be pain in the bottom of your foot. You will feel tightness and an accompanying achiness, maybe even some swelling. If it’s severe enough, it can affect your walking gait.
Here are some more warning signs that you have plantar fasciitis…..
- When you have pain or tenderness from standing or wearing unsupportive shoes
- First thing in the morning, or after a period of rest, you feel pain
- Short walks improve the symptoms, but then longer walks bring the symptoms back
- If, after stretching the bottom of your foot, you feel pain
- Pain in the arch or heel
Self diagnosis is usually adequate to determine what is happening, without a doctor visit. However, if you do decide to have it checked out, the physician will easily conclude, without extensive tests, that you do indeed have plantar fasciitis.
Can I Cure Plantar Fasciitis Naturally?
The good news is – yes, in the majority of cases. In some instances of severe and/or advanced cases, the only option may be to have it corrected via the surgical route.
This is something that is completely correctable in a standard situation. What you will want to do is avoid strenuous exercise, sports, and limit the time spent on your feet (as much as possible).
Walking barefoot should be avoided however, as this will aggravate plantar fasciitis, due to lack of proper arch support. There are many situations where walking barefoot directly on the ground is recommended, however if your feet aren’t as stable as they should be, this will be more detrimental than beneficial.
Inflammation can reduced with a natural supplement like turmeric. Topical muscle ache relief ointments can be applied. You should also take a good look at the shoes you wear. If they’re worn out, aren’t giving proper arch support, or too tight – replace them with quality ones.
Other great natural options (which are highly recommended) are plantar fasciitis splints and/or plantar fasciitis wraps, which are specifically designed for this problem. The wrap can be worn during the day for pain relief and also give support needed for healing. The splint is intended for night use and provides compression, which allows for improved circulation and reduction of any swelling that might be present.
Gentle stretching and flexing of the foot (feet) can also be considered, and even for the calf muscles too, to keep them from being tight – remember, one of the root causes of the problem can be your calves. **Be cautious with exercise though if you have a more advanced case, since you may already have some tears that will be easily worsened by this motion!**
What About Your Experience?
If you have something additional to offer that I didn’t mention, please leave your comment below, or similarly, if you have a question. I will be happy to reply to you promptly.
I hope your plantar fasciitis is resolved quickly, and you are back out on the dance floor asap 😉
All the best,
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