Running Shoes Plantar Fasciitis ~ Health And Fitness
Go to a good sports foot doctor specialist and have the diagnosis confirmed. Again, be careful with doctors and health professionals in general – they are good people but they are quick to make decisions based on their experience and that may or may not be appropriate to you. Get out of your work shoes (if your company will let you, spend your days in socks, if not try running shoes. We’ll talk more about shoes later) Watch your diet. (Eat your green, leafy veggies – don’t eat inflammatory foods – yeah I know it sounds a little new age, but seriously, ask one of your vegan friends)
To reduce your pain, your therapist may apply an ice pack wrapped in towel to your injured foot for 20 minutes. Ice application can help relieve your pain and swelling (if present). Your therapist may advice you to continue doing ice therapy when you get home. He or she may recommend that you do this four times a day for 20 minutes each application. Your caregiver will examine your foot and ask about your activities and occupation. He may check the movement of your foot and ankle. You may need an x-ray to check for a fracture or heel spur (bone growth on your heel). How is plantar fasciitis treated?
The fibrous tissue that surrounds muscle and separates various tissues of the body is referred to as the fascia. The bottom, or plantar, surface of the foot has a strip of this tough tissue, referred to as the plantar fascia, stretching from the heel to the front of the bottom of the foot. This "bowstring-like" plantar fascia that stretches underneath the sole that attaches at the heel can become inflamed by disease or injury. Inflammation of the plantar fascia is referred to as plantar fasciitis. You almost want to pee in your bed rather than go to the bathroom," Pujols tells USA TODAY Sports. "It's really painful in the morning."
That was nearly seven years ago - and although I am still as active as ever - I haven't had any problem with plantar fasciitis since then. However, as the saying goes, nothing lasts forever. Three weeks ago, I began to have minor pain again - this time, in both arches and heels and am now in full-fledged agony once again (mainly, in my left heel) which is the reason I sat down to write this column in the first place. Maybe my painful experience can help some poor souls through out there to deal with the nagging illness themselves.
When you have this horrible cycle for more than 4 months, the body "gives up" on healing the heel, and starts to break the area down. It literally starts eating the area up slowly because it feels that it's "no use to the body" (scary but true). This is why ESWT works for some people and prolotherapy as well. These therapies cause a concentrated and localized amount of "good" inflammation to fix the area. These therapies cause a specific type of damage to the heel in order to work properly. Cross friction massage is very effective at doing this also, and you can easily do it at home.
Take a wide belt and hold one end in each hand. Place the center of the belt over the ball of the foot. With your knee straight, pull your ankle back toward you using the belt and the muscle on the front of your leg. Think about reverse stretching your arch. Pull back and hold for ten seconds. Relax and repeat for five to ten minutes. Sit on the chair and place the chilled can of juice on the floor in front of you at a comfortable distance. Do not put it too far away from you or else you might end up straining the muscle more.