Plantar fasciitis is a pain felt on the heel of the foot, a condition that results when the plantar fascia is damaged or distressed.
This condition is majorly witnessed in people who spend extended periods standing, those suffering from obesity, and runners. The extreme pressure exerted on the plantar fascia causes the ligament to tear, which causes the pain.
Living with plantar fasciitis can be demoralizing since you have to walk with caution in a bid to avoid aggravating the injury. You can make things much better by seeking medical help to ease the pain, or get rid of it altogether.
Here are five methods to treat plantar fasciitis that you can consider to be treatment options.
Home Slippers (Do Not Go Barefoot)
Most people have tried many options but it just does not seem to work. That’s because the body repairs the wound mostly at night while you are sleeping. And when the moment you first step out of bed without cushioning or support on your feet, you are essentially stretching the ligament and tearing apart the repair that was done the night before.
Therefore, repair needs to start again and it cannot progress. If you are at a loss of what to do, wearing arch support slippers at home will provide surprisingly fast recovery times.
The key to treating plantar fasciitis is to allow the plantar fascia to repair itself. In order to do so, minimal pressure should be exerted on the plantar fascia. Using insoles wherever you go during recovery can help you achieve that. After you have recovered, insoles will also help to prevent the recurrence of the injury.
You can opt for two types of treatment availabilities from the comfort of your home such as:
Foot massage – Massaging your foot can help reduce the pain you feel. Try doing foot exercise to help improve the blood flow around the affected region. Some of these exercises include foot rolls, towel curls, picking up marbles with your toes, foot flexes, and stretching your calf.
With time, the foot becomes stronger and can support your weight effortlessly. Also, ditch the heels. Try to get sturdy ones with cushioning at the heel to reduce the pressure.
In addition to these, grab yourself a handful of green leafy vegetables, soup, or molasses or any other calcium enriched foods, and incorporate them in your daily meals to help increase your calcium levels. This helps to makes your bones stronger, making it easier to withstand the pain
When you have tried solving the problem at home unsuccessfully, your doctor will provide alternative options for treating the condition.
Surgery – Do not go for an operation unless you have tried all other options and have failed because you may have to live with the consequences of this procedure. The surgery aims at removing the plantar fascia, which is the affected area
Cortisone injection – Before you opt for surgery, try the cortisone injection, but only do this once. Getting more than one jab of this medication has its risks since the main components of the drug are steroids
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy – The doctor will use a unique hand-held wand that will transfer the sound shock waves to the sore spot. These will then stimulate self-healing to the bone and the affected tissues
You can pair home remedies with hospital remedies to make the healing process faster. However, take caution not to aggravate the problem especially if you decide to have surgery.
Ask your doctor about the best options suitable for your condition before you settle for any. It is worth mentioning that you should not opt for surgery unless it is necessary. The same applies to steroid injections.