Best Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
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Best Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

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The best treatment for plantar fasciitis should actually be a combination of treatments because recovery can be slow with no one treatment causing quick recovery on its own. Using a combination of treatments will help to speed healing. Most people using just conservative treatments will take a few months to heal. Pick your best treatment(s) from the following:

Pain Relievers

Remember that the function of pain relieving medications is just that - to reduce pain. If that is only turning down the strength of the signal telling you there is a problem and is not really healing then, while it may feel better, it may actually slow recovery. Chose pain formulas that include ingredients such as natural anti-inflammatories to reduce the inflammation.

Therapies

If you are looking for the best treatment for plantar fasciitis to get rid of your pain, here are some ideas that you might consider:

  1. Physical therapy may include a variety of exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and to strengthen the lower leg muscles. Stronger muscles always help to stabilize the adjoining joints.
  2. Night splints can hold the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight so that they heal in that position to reduce pain early in the morning. (Click box to the right for information about night splints from amazon.com)
  3. Arch supports (orthotics) can help to help distribute the pressure of your weight more evenly over your foot.
  4. Plantar fasciitis taping can be used to support the bottom of the foot
Lifestyle and home remedies
  1. Rest your feet by staying off them as much as you can for a few days to lessen the pain.
  2. Ice the painful area for 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day or after activity. You can ice the bottom of your foot by rolling it over a water-filled, frozen, plastic water bottle. The rolling will give you a massage at the same time.
  3. Aerobic exercise is important for maintaining health but modify what you do away from the higher impact activities to low impact exercises such as swimming or bicycling.
  4. Stretch your arches. Simple stretches for plantar fasciitis can keep your plantar fascia from becoming tight and weak. They will also help your Achilles tendon and calf muscles.
  5. Massage your feet with warm olive oil.
  6. Soak your feet in a bath of marigold flowers.

Prevention

Take these simple steps now to prevent painful steps later (or a reoccurrence):

  1. Loose any excess weight to reduce the stress on your plantar fascia.
  2. Use footwear with low to moderate heels, good arch support and shock absorbency. Avoid being barefoot on hard surfaces.
  3. Replace shoes if the soles are worn unevenly as this will effect your gait and stress the heel.
  4. Rolling your foot over a golf ball to stimulate circulation and break up adhesions. These are fibrous growths that form at the site of tissue damage, like internal scar tissue. Since they are composed largely of protein, proteolytic enzymes can be helpful.



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