Saturday, November 29, 2008
Self-Help for Plantar Fascitis
Plantar fascitis is caused by inflammation of that band of fiberous tissue that supports the arch and attaches to the heel. Typical symptoms include heel pain first thing in the morning that gradually subsides. Unless you keep running on it that is. Do that and eventually the pain will become more or less constant.
The best advice for getting rid of it is to stop running and cross train in a pool or on a bike (low resistance high rpm).
Before spending the money on a physician or podiatrist, I'd see if I could self-treat by doing the following....
Check out an over the counter arch support for daily walking, and avoid sandals and going around barefoot as much as possible.
Consider using a night splint, a Medi-Dyne Prostretch Device, and The Stick Footweel. You could also try an archxerciser device for strengthen your feet.
In my opinion, regular use of these devices in conjunction with treatment of the inflammation and no running is your most inexpensive, likely to succeed approach to curing plantar fascitis.
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