Do you experience a stabbing pain in yours heels when you take your first few steps in the morning? You may have plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot that runs from your heel to your toes. It acts like a shock absorber and supports your foot arches. Long-distance running, jumping, being overweight, or staying on your feet for long periods of time can damage the plantar fascia resulting in this condition.
Here are top ways to cure plantar fasciitis pain:
- Stretching your foot arches: Simple static stretches for your calf muscles and the Achilles tendon will help reduce painful symptoms.
- Application of ice: Cover an ice pack with a cloth and place it on the site of pain for 15-20 minutes at a time, about 3-4 times a day. Regular ice massages will help reduce swelling and inflammation of the plantar fasciitis tissue.
- Avoid high-impact activities: If you play a lot of basketball or other high-impact sports, you should consider changing to low-impact sports such as swimming or cycling.
- Wear supportive shoes: Always wear well-fitting shoes that provide good arch support and replace worn-out shoes as soon as possible.
- Maintain healthy weight: Loosing excess weight will help resolve plantar fasciitis pain, especially if you are regularly on your feet for long periods of time.
The conservative treatments mentioned above will help cure plantar fasciitis in most instances. If you fail to experience relief of symptoms, consult your doctor or an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible.
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