Plantar fasciitis

I doubt it is due to age, but many people suffer terrible foot pain.  Sometimes the pain is so severe that one may be impeded from walking.  Proper shoes can contribute to alleviation of foot pain, but I have tried several things to assuage the pain of my plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

I will try to explain this the way my chiropractor explained it.  The muscle under the foot that is connected to the arch, the plantar fascia, is like a rubber band.  It stretches over time and falls.  When it falls, it causes pain, because it is like an outstretched elastic band on pants one may overwear.  The plantar fascia extents demo the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch.

I went to an athletic shoe store for gait analysis.  I have always known that my feet roll out when I walk, but I did not realize it was called “underpronation.”  This condition is less common than “overpronation” wherein the feet roll inwards.  Many more shoe styles are available or overpronation than underpronation.  This store in particular recommended Brooks, Mizuno, and Asics.  After having tried each, I settled on Asics Nimbus.  Proper fitting shoes can be expensive, especially since they are to be replaced each six months.  In my case, I wear sneakers and tennis shoes daily, so I have to replace mine every two to three months.  Next, I had to purchase stiff insoles with a raised arch.  Someone got me heel cushions, and that helped also.

How do I make the pain go away?

Well, that is tricky.  The answer is, the pain never dissipates for me.  I have good days and worse days.  The upside is that I still have use of my legs and feet and can still walk, so I am appreciative of my limbs and extremities.

  • Fill an empty bottle with water then freeze it.  When it is frozen, roll your arch over it.  This  may work for you, but it just makes my feet freeze.
  • Ask your doctor if taking magnesium supplements are recommended.  As stress increases, it depletes our magnesium which can contribute to aches and pains.  I find that adding this supplement alleviates some of the pain, not limited to my feet.
  • Calf stretches. While you are sitting, extend you legs straight. Point your toes inward to you while keeping your legs straight. It may be easier to put a towel or something under your feet the. Pull the ends of the towel. Another way is a little tricky to explain. I stand near my bed facing it. Then I lay across the bed while my feet are still flat on the floor. The stretches provide me with temporary relief.
  • Foot massages. It helps when either Dex gives me a massage or I rub my feet with pressure over something stiff such as the edge of a desk. The back and forth motion is uncomfortable at first, but the overall foot pain decreases for a short time afterward.
  • Dryer balls. I do not have a shiatsu foot massager, so I roll a dryer ball under my feet.

Please note that this is not medical advice, and I am not a doctor or in the medical field in any way.  These articles are based on research conducted online, communication with medical professionals, and trial and error.