What’s the Best Way to Treat Plantar Fasciitis?
The best way to treat plantar fasciitis is to see a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in plantar fasciitis treatment.
But if you just started noticing your heel pain, a home treatment might work well for a mild case caught early enough.
So, if your heel pain is mild and began recently, make an appointment with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Fort Myers (just in case you need it later), and try these home treatments in the meantime:
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If your plantar fasciitis is caused by high-impact exercises or being overweight, doing low-impact exercises will maintain (or increase) your fitness level as you recover.
Some of the best low-impact exercises for plantar fasciitis include swimming, cycling, and rowing. Couple these cardio exercises with strength training to speed up your healing process while staying fit.
Can you remember the last time you bought shoes/sneakers? If the answer is no, it’s time to do your feet a favor and buy new footwear.
Investing in supportive footwear can actually save you money.
Plantar fasciitis is just one of many conditions that can be caused by poor footwear. When you spend a bit of money on great footwear, you might just be saving tons of money on medical bills.
There are many locally owned and online footwear stores that specialize in shoes that can prevent and help treat plantar fasciitis.
Your best bet is to find a local shop that specializes in healthy footwear or a local running store. The employees at these stores are usually well-trained to assess your foot mechanics and gait (the way you move on foot) in order to recommend the best footwear for you.
In addition to high quality footwear, a night splint is one of the best investments you’ll make if you have plantar fasciitis.
Your feet naturally point downward when you sleep, which shortens your plantar fascia during the night. This tendency to point the toes downward while sleeping is one of the main reasons why your heels are most painful just after waking.
A night splint is like a soft boot you wear while sleeping. It prevents your toes from pointing downward while you sleep.
Many night splints start at around 20 dollars and can save you from the pain and stiffness you feel in the morning.
The Morning Alphabet
Each morning, before you take those first steps out of bed, do the alphabet with your toes.
What we mean is, move your toes in the shape of each letter of the alphabet, from A-Z.
Doing this “morning alphabet” exercise will strengthen and warm up your plantar fascia.
Weak muscles in the feet are one of the biggest reasons why so many people get plantar fasciitis.
This exercise will treat your plantar fasciitis by strengthening the area and getting rid of some stiffness before you get up.
Frozen Golf Ball Massage
When used in combination with strengthening exercises, a frozen golf ball massage will help you get better, faster.
After freezing a golf ball, roll your foot over it for thirty seconds (moving your foot up and down, clockwise, and counterclockwise).
Do this massage a few times each day, gradually increasing the length of time you massage for and how many times you massage.
As long as you don’t massage for too long, too soon, this frozen golf ball massage can reduce the inflammation in your plantar fascia.
When to See a Plantar Fasciitis Specialist
Home treatment for plantar fasciitis isn’t always effective, especially if your plantar fasciitis has bothered you for a while, is severe, or if you don’t know what’s causing it.
If you do not feel better within a week of home treatment, or if your plantar fasciitis went away and came back, it’s time to see a specialist.
Waiting longer can cause a lot of damage, which can cause a lot of medical bills.
The best type of specialist to see for plantar fasciitis is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in plantar fasciitis treatment. This type of specialist can accurately diagnose and treat your plantar fasciitis for permanent relief that is side-effect free.
Here’s the Easiest Way to Get Rid of Your Plantar Fasciitis Permanently
When it comes to plantar fasciitis treatment, not all physical therapists are the same.
Our physical therapy team at Back In Motion, specializes in plantar fasciitis (along with other foot and ankle issues).
Unlike any other physical therapy clinic in the world, our physical therapists are trained in The Gray Method TM, a revolutionary method of treatment that permanently fixes conditions like plantar fasciitis by treating the cause and not just the symptoms.
In addition to our in-person clinic, we offer Telehealth Physical Therapy, so that you can have access to some of the best physical therapists in the world no matter where you are!
Call our office at 2396105132 and schedule your appointment today!
We offer Physical Therapy in Fort Myers, FL, and Physical Therapy in Cape Coral, FL.