Plantar fasciitis is a pain in the heel that is usually caused by connective tissue that becomes inflamed. This happens for a number of reasons, including being overweight, not wearing supportive shoes or from being on your feet often (such as for your occupation). Improve your plantar fasciitis and get rid of your heel pain by following the tips below.
Getting rid of those extra pounds you've been carrying around may help improve not only your plantar fasciitis and other foot pain, it can also improve pain in your other joints. If you're overweight, start an exercise program and change how you've been eating in an effort to lose weight. You'll notice a difference in your overall health with your weight loss and improve your quality of life.
Change Your Footwear
If you've been wearing the same shoes for years, such as your favorite Vans, and they don't have any support in the sole of the shoes any longer, you need to change your footwear. Invest in some new shoes or some insoles to help give you more support in the arch and the entire foot. If you've been wearing high heels or flats such as flip-flops, change your footwear for something with more support. Heels should be no higher than 2 inches and flip-flops don't offer any support at all, wear sandals that have a toe strap and an ankle strap, as well as cushioned soles.
Tape Your Feet
Applying Kinesiology tape to the foot can help improve heel pain. Cut a piece of the tape so it fits from the base of the toes to the base of the calf and apply it to the foot. Then cut another piece of tape and apply it to the arch of the foot attaching it from one side of the foot to the other. The tape should be tight, but not so tight that you aren't able to walk. You can also apply the tape around the top of the foot on the foot pad, then create an x across the bottom of the foot, wrapping the tape around the heel. Add an extra piece of tape across the entire bottom of the foot to hold the other tape in place.
If you have plantar fasciitis, there are things you can do to improve this pain and to help improve your quality of life. Talk to a podiatrist, like Collier Podiatry PA, about other treatment options.