Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that causes you to experience pain generally located near your heel bone. It's caused by an injury or inflammation of the long tendon that runs from the front of your foot to the back of it. Some of the risk factors for this condition include obesity, long periods of standing on your feet, walking on the hard pavement, wearing improper footwear or anything else that causes more stress to the bottom of your feet. If you end up with plantar fasciitis, you want to learn about ways to treat the pain and some of the types of treatment available.
Use cold to help with the pain
Putting a cold compress on the bottom of your foot can help give you instant relief. Also, rolling frozen marbles or golf balls under your foot can help. You can even use a small frozen drink bottle that's been filled with water.
Use stretches and massage to ease the pain
When you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, you can have such bad pain first thing in the morning that it's hard to stand and walk when you first wake up. Wake up a bit early in the morning and give your feet a long massage, stretching the tendon by pulling on the ball of your foot and your heel at the same time. Your feet can also hurt if you have been sitting for a length of time. Once again, this is where a nice massage can help.
Anti-inflammatories can reduce the pain
Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories will help to reduce the amount of inflammation you are experiencing and this can also help you to feel less pain. When you take anti-inflammatories you should take them with food. Otherwise, you can experience an upset stomach.
Braces can help
The podiatrist may be able to fit you for braces you will wear while you sleep. These braces can help heal your plantar fascia faster so you can get past the problem. They may also be able to give you braces or other appliances you can wear during the day.
Surgery is a last resort
If you have tried all other courses of action then the podiatrist may come to the point where they feel surgery is the only option left to try. However, you should know that this is generally a last resort and not one a podiatrist will suggest right away.
Contact professionals like those at North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic Podiatrist for more information.