If you are just being diagnose with plantar fasciitis, you might want to know what is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis. Actually, the best treatment will depend on how bad your condition is and usually it will differ from one person to another. If you are desperate to know more, please keep reading as i am about to reveal the treatment that might be the one you need.
The most obvious and best treatment available is just by simply resting your feet. Resting will allow inflammation in the fascia to decrease and reduce the pain in the process. If your job need you to walk or stand for most of the time, make sure to take some time to sit down once in a while to reduce the burden to your feet.
One of the most effective and best treatment for plantar fasciitis is by stretching. Pain in the plantar fascia is caused by increase in the achilles tendon and calf muscles tension. So, stretching will reduce this tightness and therefore reduce the pain.You can try this stretching steps in your home. Crossed your affected foot over contralateral leg, grasps the base of toes, and pulls the toes back towards the shin, until a stretch in the arch is felt. The stretch is held for 10 seconds and repeated. You need to do this in three sets of 10 repetitions and performed daily.
Shoe insert also is one of the popular and effective way to treat plantar fasciitis. A strategically placed heel insert made of poron foam absorbs the pounding foot shock of each step. There are many shoe insert brands made specifically for plantar fasciitis available in the market. A custom made shoe insert usually is more effective than the one you can find off the shelf.
Frequently Asked Questions
Recommended Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis?
I have had Plantar Fasciitis for well over a year now and I was wondering what the best shoes are? I was wearing "asics" shoes as they have comfortable gel inside. I was wondering what else there is? Would I be able to wear a pair of Nike Air's considering they focus on comfort?
Any shoes that provide maximum support to your arch will be good. You could consider using normal shoes with an insert cushion but this depends on how acute the pain you have is (this is very important because you may end up doing more harm than good if you don't provide adequate support. I'd say the safest thing is to try to get shoes designed to offer strong arch support.
There is some useful information here: http://bestshoesforplantarfasciitis.com/
Hope this helps.
Anybody have a happy story about getting over plantar's fasciitis?
I got it from running in worn out shoes. I haven't run for three weeks and the doctor says I need to do physical therapy. For now I'm doing the home remedies--icing, massage, paracetomal, stretching.
How long should it take to go away? Do I have to do physio? All I hear are horror stories about this painful ailement.
Also, what are the best running shoes? the doctor says Asics--te one's with gel.
Most cases of PF eventually go away on their own. For those that persist, it can take 6 months-1 year of home stretches to relieve this problem. The best running shoe is the one that is appropriate for your foot type...one can't really pigeon hole one shoe as "the best."
Best Men's Sneaker for Plantar Fasciatus (Reasonable Price) ?
Plantar Fasciitis in left heel from being a walking letter carrier. New Balance haven't seemed to help; a newer pair of Avia 339 has been the best support thus far. I had been using a Dr. Scholl's insert to alleviate heel pain, but it doesn't seem to help as much as it used to (after 2 months).
I have heard very good things about the Asics Kayano model 16, but 0 is not in my budget for shoes right now. Does anyone have any experience with heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis, and if so, which brand/model of walking sneaker have you found most helpful?
Thanks in advance!
Since you have been "officially" diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis then you already know that this condition is hard to get rid of, but it's not impossible.
In your specific case I would go in a slightly different direction - Concentrate on recovering from your foot pain instead of finding the right shoe (Of course the correct shoes and inserts are part of that recovery).
In order to help you in the best way possible please answer these short questions:
1) Do you have any pain in your heel?
2) Do you have high arches or flat feet?
3) What kind of shoes you usually wear around the house / when not on duty?
4) Do you have pain especially after rest or after a night sleep?
5) Is there any redness or swelling visible?
6) How long have you had this problem
7) What was the last time you have seen a Doctor about this condition?
Here are things you should do to improve you condition.
1) Ice your heel and arch at least 4 times a day - easiest method is to sit down and roll a frozen bottle with your foot, do this 20 minutes for each foot.
2) Stretch! - stretch your legs and feet, especially before getting out of bed in the morning or after sitting for more that 15 minutes
3) Massage your heel and arch, it may be painful in the beginning but it will help with circulation and allow the body to heal itself
4) Avoid walking whenever possible, this is a "biggie" try to rest your feet by sitting down a lot.
5) Be patient and consistent - It is important to be persistent with these activities and it takes time to recover.
Now to answer your question directly:
1) I recommend that you have custom made orthotics - that are "tailored" to your specific foot type, these are the best option really, I wouldn't buy "off the shelf" products in your case.
2) Your shoes should be wide and comfortable, and believe it or not, having a 1 or 2 inch heels can also relieve some of the pain because it stretches the Plantar Fascia.
The brand is not really important as long as it's well made (New balance or other known brands are excellent).
I really hope this helps, don't hesitate to contact me if you need further advise - My email is in my Yahoo profile.
Take care and good luck!