If you are the one in ten people who suffer from plantar fasciitis, you know that it can come and go with no warning, and persist despite your best efforts. Dealing with this painful condition and not knowing when it could return is a source of fear for many people. So, what is plantar fasciitis, and what can you do to prevent it from coming back?
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot issue many Canadians suffer from. When the fascial tissue that supports the foot arch and connects the heel to the toes becomes injured, it causes pain and discomfort. It is common among patients such as runners and athletes but can also affect anyone who is on their feet for extended periods, such as business executives and busy parents. It’s one of the most common foot pain complaints, not just for athletes, but also for older adults and people who are overweight. The general medical consensus is that plantar fasciitis is caused by stress and overuse of the foot, and while there are treatments available, reoccurrences can be frequent if left untreated.
Why Does My Plantar Fasciitis Come Back?
If a patient continues to experience symptoms of plantar fasciitis, even after initial treatments, they may not be fully treating the underlying cause of their plantar fasciitis pain. This can result in reoccurrences – particularly for active patients and patients who spend a great deal of time on their feet. When evaluating treatment options available, it’s important to consult an experienced pedorthist to determine the appropriate treatment option.
How Can I Prevent Plantar Fasciitis from Returning?
Want to avoid a recurrence of plantar fasciitis? Here are some preventative steps you can take.
Put Your Feet Up
Getting lots of rest can help. Pain from plantar fasciitis is generally brought on by the inflammation and irritation that is caused by being on your feet all day. Take a rest and kick your feet up. Elevating your feet and limiting your exercise to low-impact activities that don’t involve jumping, or running can help. Swimming and cycling are good alternatives. If you have to keep going due to work, try to take some time off of your feet and elevate your feet whenever possible.
There are many health benefits to losing excess weight, relieving plantar fasciitis pain is just one more compelling reason. The more weight you carry, the more pressure you put on your feet and through your arches. When you lose weight, you remove some of the stress you are putting on your ligaments and other structures that support your feet. For even more information, contact your pedorthist for additional plantar fasciitis-specific stretches and exercises.
When you stretch the bottoms of your feet, whether you are exercising, involved in activities, or are just dealing with daily wear and tear on your feet, it can help to warm up your plantar fascia. This makes your feet more flexible, and less likely to suffer injury or pain. Stretching also increases circulation, which can help your fascia heal.
Consider Custom Orthotics
Your feet support your entire body. If you are experiencing pain associated with plantar fasciitis, custom orthotics can help relieve the pain caused by stress and overuse of the foot by supporting the foot arch and surrounding tissue. In many cases, excessive movements within the foot may be preventing you from healing from your plantar fasciitis or may be part of the reason it has returned. Correcting those issues will help you avoid recurrences of pain and other issues because they treat the root of the problem.
Solve Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain Issues Now
Getting prompt treatment that gets to the base of your pain issues is crucial to getting relief. No matter what foot pain you are experiencing, SoleScience has a solution.
To learn more about the causes, prevention, and treatment of plantar fasciitis you can read ‘The Plantar Fasciitis Plan: Free Your Feet From Morning Pain’, an Amazon #1 bestseller by our very own Colin Dombroski.
Call us to schedule a consultation with one of our orthotic specialists for an evaluation that can result in banishing your plantar fasciitis pain today.