Curing Plantar Fasciitis — It it possible?
When the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, known as the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, the ensuing condition is called plantar fasciitis. It is a very common and painful condition. The pain is usually focused in the heel area and will be the worst first thing in the morning. This condition is commonly confused with heel spurs, but they are two different conditions
There are a number of ways to treat the pain associated with plantar fascia, and there are various number of effective and simple cures, as well. One simple way to treat the pain caused with this condition would be to apply ice packs and take an over the counter, pain relieving medication that contains ibuprofen. This helps to remove some of the swelling from the affected area. This is a treatment for the swelling and pain, not a plantar fasciitis cure, however.
As far as actually curing the condition, resting the foot is highly recommended. It is very important to give the affected area as much of a rest as possible. Using crutches and avoiding certain athletic activities for a few days will help get the healing process started.
Wearing the right shoes will help to relieve the pain and will also help to cure the problem. It is best to wear shoes that fit correctly and have thick soles. Wearing silicone heel inserts will help to relieve some of the pressure that is placed on the heel. There are a variety of specialty shoes and inserts to try. I detail some of these recommendations in my best shoes for plantar fasciitis and my shoes for plantar fasciitis posts.
Another good option for treating plantar fasciitis would to wear plantar fasciitis night splints. To give support during the day, there are numerous plantar fasciitis tapes
and braces you can purchase. These may or may not be effective, depending on how severe your condition is.
Generally the toes will point down during sleep, relaxing the plantar fascia. This causes the extreme morning pain. A night splint will keep the plantar fascia stretched and will help with the pain experienced first thing in the morning. This is method is very effective in treating this condition and does not have to be used one the pain stops.
Physical therapy and shockwave therapy are sometimes recommended. Physical therapy will work on stretching the calf muscles and the plantar fascia. Certain medications, massage and cold packs will also be used in physical therapy. In shockwave therapy, a high energy wave is used on the affected area, which is supposed to speed the healing process along.
So a quick summary of the cures for plantar fasciitis:
- Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
- Night Splints and Braces
- Physical Therapy (stretches, cold packs, massages, etc).
- Shockwave Therapy.
Combining the various therapies will usually cure plantar fasciitis, although in rare cases more aggressive treatment may be needed. Surgery may be recommended after other treatments have failed to relieve the condition. Getting rid of plantar fasciitis is usually an involved process – you don’t put on a night splint or wrap up your foot or even wear a pair of special shoes for a week and get “cured.” It could take months of treatments before the condition disappears. So, be patient when you attempt to treat the condition.