Our feet are the real foundation of our posture when we stand, run, jog or walk. The thick tissue that lies at the base of our feet is known as plantar fascia, and it provides cushioning to our feet when you do all these activities. However, because of regular wear and tear, this tissue gets inflamed, resulting in extreme shooting pain and discomfort. Such is the intensity of this pain, that patients are unable to stand or walk. In medical terms, this condition is known as plantar fasciitis. Although the exact cause of this condition is unknown, it is believed that constant stress and pressure on the feet, and ill-fitting footwear are the primary reasons. It is also a result of a normal ageing process, and a majority of the elderly population suffers from it.
Although this condition can get very troublesome, it is easy to manage it with simple interventions at home. Let us look at some of these strategies.
Identification of the source of exertion
If you believe that a particular activity causes undue strain on your feet, you should give it up. For example, if foot pain develops suddenly after you begin a new exercise routine or work, it is likely that your feet get exerted. It is advisable to avoid that activity or make changes in it so that your feet don’t bear the brunt.
Investing in footwear and accessories of high quality
One should always opt for good quality footwear and foot supporting accessories. Instead of becoming a victim of fashion industry and blindly following trends, you should put comfort first. Shoes with ample of shock absorption and the correct foot arch should be purchased. Similarly, shoe inserts that provide the right cushioning and arch support to your feet must be considered to avoid or manage plantar fasciitis.
Adopting an exercise routine
It is very important to include exercises that involve stretching the toes, calf muscles and feet. Many times, it is because of a lack of exercise and stretching that many tissues in the body. This is especially true for people with the sedentary lifestyle. Such people should make it a point to get up and so a few stretches every half an hour. Keeping your body active is a great way to avoid minor illnesses and pains.
Using night splints
These splints hold the feet in the right orientation by pointing the toes upside and maintain a perfect 90 Degree angle between the foot and the ankle. This posture is perfect for the muscles and tissues in the feet and is immensely helpful for people who are just beginning to feel foot pain.
Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition and affects a large percentage of the population. With the above-mentioned strategies, it is possible to manage the symptoms and ease foot pain. However, if you feel that the pain is not subsiding or getting worse, medical intervention must not be delayed. Doctors usually prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the pain and other symptoms associated with it.