Plantar fasciitis is a condition that is characterized by stabbing heel pain that can make walking difficult. Runners are especially susceptible to developing it, especially if they pronate or roll their feet inward when they run. While it is more prominent in the morning, pain from plantar fasciitis can actually be felt at any time. If you’re plagued by this disorder, here are some practical tips for dealing with the discomfort.
There are certain things you can do in order to reduce the odds of developing plantar fasciitis in the first place, a few of which are:
Losing extra pounds if you are overweight. Carrying too much weight will cause additional stress on the feet and make it more likely you’ll suffer plantar fasciitis as a result.
Avoiding walking, running or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time
Performing calf and toe stretches before beginning a workout
Wearing the right shoes, especially if you are flat footed. Your shoes should have adequate arch support and a well-cushioned sole. Some people find relief when using heel cups inside their shoes as well.
After Experiencing Pain
These measures might not completely eliminate heel pain, and here are some things you can do to alleviate it if it does occur:
Use ice on your heel to help reduce swelling
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Use light massage to help promote good circulation
Soak feet in a bath of lukewarm water and Epsom salt for around 20 minutes