My name is Melinda Johnson and I suffered with foot pain for many years. I went to see a podiatrist and after an examination, I was told that I had heel spur syndrome. I followed the recommendations of my doctor by doing at home treatments along with physical therapy. I was amazed at how much these treatments helped my foot pain. Living with pain can have a big impact on your life and that's why I started this blog. My foot pain kept me from doing many things that I enjoy and I want to help others who are going through the same situation. As you browse through my blog, you'll learn about home treatments, medical procedures and new advancements in medicine that can help reduce pain. It is my hope that by writing this blog, you can live pain free too.
If you have pain in your heel (one or both) while resting after a day of walking or being on your feet, or feel pain when first standing up in the morning, you could have plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the stretchy band in your foot that connects your toes to your heel bone stretches too far, or has small tears or rips in it. There are a number of reasons why you could get plantar fasciitis including high arches, failure to stretch, poorly fitting shoes, or wearing shoes without proper arch support. See below for tips on how to handle plantar fasciitis.
Take A Pain Reliever
An over-the-counter pain reliever may alleviate any pain you are feeling, and can help with inflammation. Look for something such as Aleve, Tylenol or Ibuprofen, and take the recommended dose (don't take any more than recommended).
Figure Out The Cause
If the cause of your pain is an exercise or type of activity, such as running, stop doing that activity for the time being until you are no longer in pain. If it's a pair of shoes causing you pain or discomfort, stop wearing those shoes. Find the cause of your discomfort, then cease that activity or using that shoe to alleviate your pain.
Begin stretching your feet and calf muscles, joints and tendons. Simple stretches can go a long way. Stand near the wall with your toe pressed up to the wall. Lean into that foot to give it a good stretch. This will stretch your feet and calves. Stretch your feet by sitting in a chair, stretch your legs out in front of you, then point your toes out, then up to the ceiling. Continue doing these stretches about 10 times. You cal also pick up a tennis ball or rolled up towel with your feet to stretch and strengthen your feet.
Swap out your old shoes that are probably worn out (without enough arch support) for new ones. If you still need more arch support in your shoes, you can invest in insoles to help provide more cushion and support for your feet.
Call The Podiatrist
If you are still feeling pain, contact a podiatrist for help. You don't want the pain to worsen and cause you further issues, so make an appointment to be diagnosed by a professional. Your podiatrist can help alleviate your pain by giving you a treatment plan that will work for you.
If you have pain in your heels that doesn't go away, is worsening, or hurts while you are resting, it could be plantar fasciitis. Seek help from a podiatrist to be diagnosed so you can be treated for your pain and move on with your life.