The Second Most Common Sports Injury… Plantar Fasciitis
Do you have pain at the bottom of your foot when walking or running? Does it start out really painful and lessen as you move around? If so, you may be suffering from planar fasciitis. In this post, you’ll learn exactly what plantar fasciitis is, its symptoms, how to prevent it from happening, and…. What you can do to find plantar fasciitis relief.
What Exactly Is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a small tissue on the bottom of your foot. It encases all tendons and helps to distribute forces across your foot when walking, running, etc. However, when beginning a new workout or overtime as an athlete you can irritate this tissue on the sole of your foot. This leads to inflammation of the plantar fascia which turns into plantar fasciitis.
What Are Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
The symptoms vary from person- to- person but usually involve two common symptoms:
1. Pain At the Bottom Of Your Foot
As described earlier, the plantar fasciitis runs at the sole of your foot. When the bottom of your foot hurts, usually this is the condition causing you discomfort.
2. Pain Is Worst First Thing In the Morning….
Another symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain first thing in the morning when waking up or if sitting for prolonged periods of time. This usually then causes excruciating pain during your first few steps.
How to Get Plantar Fasciitis Relief
There are many different ways to get plantar fasciitis relief. Some better than others. Below are the three most common ways to get relief on the bottom of your foot…
1. Ice the Bottom Of Your Foot
One of the best ways to get reduce irritation of the plantar fasciitis is to ice the plantar fascia. This is great because it reduces the inflammation but also reduces pain.
2. Stretch Your Plantar Fascia
A simple and easy way to reduce your pain is to stretch the plantar facia. This works great because it is usually tight. If you do stretch it out it should it overtime.
3. Consider Orthotics….
Lastly, getting the appropriate arch support may be the best thing for your feet. If your foot is to high arched (supinated) or has too little of an arch (pronated foot), the plantar fascia can take a beating. The end result being …. pain. An orthotic helps realign your feet and support your arch and is one of the best ways to get better. Click Here to learn more about foot orthotics.
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Concluding Remarks On Plantar Fasciitis...
Plantar fasciitis can be a painful and stubborn condition. If you do follow the guidelines within this article you may find some relief. If your still having symptoms after a week or two of implementing these you can also try the more advanced tips and strategies in our e-book where you can find by clicking here. Lastly... If it still doesn't disappear you may consider seeing one of your sport physical therapists by calling 239-223-0484 or going to this link and requesting an appointment here.
About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury, go to www.backinmotionsspt.com.