Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition which affects many of us at some point in our lives, but what is it?....and how do you treat plantar fasciitis?
WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
The plantar fascia is a thick band like structure which runs from the inside of your heel under your arch and then branches out to the balls of your feet. Ordinarily, the plantar fascia supports the structure of your foot distributing and absorbing the daily impacts of walking, running, standing and jumping.
Sometimes we can put it under too much strain! Things like weight gain, sudden increase in exercise, poor footwear or basically anything which causes the plantar fascia to undergo more stress can lead to pain and inflammation.
HOW TO TREAT PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
There are many non-invasive treatments that can help to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis.
Supportive footwear: Strive’s Biomechanical Footbed Technology is specifically designed to support your feet and reduce the strains on the plantar fascia ligament. It has a contoured shape to match your foot so that every time you walk, you’re not putting any excess strain on it.
Calf stretches: Find a book, (or a piece of wood, or even a step) and place both forefeet on the edge of the book lowering heels off the back until you feel a pulling down the back of your calves. If it is painful, use a thinner book and if you can’t feel anything, use a thicker book. Hold the stretch for about 2 minutes and don’t bounce.
Deep tissue massage: Use a golf or tennis ball & roll it under your arch & foot once a day for about 5 minutes.
Cold Therapy: Keep a small bottle of water in the fridge or freezer & roll the bottom of your foot over it to ease that aching pain.