treatment for plantar fasciitis
A common overuse injury that I hear from runners is plantar fasciitis, a painful strain in the foot. The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects your heel to your toes. Since the plantar fascia supports the arch in your foot, if it gets strained you will feel intense pain in your heel or at the bottom of your foot, especially when standing, walking, or running (that is, if you are Hercules and can run through the pain).
The New York Times: Well column tackled a reader question about healing plantar fasciitis, and I thought you readers would appreciate some clarity on the issue, as it is a condition often found in active people like y’all.
It turns out that plantar fasciitis is not an inflammatory injury; the ligament actually accumulates tiny tears which contribute to the foot pain. Due to this characteristic, an anti-inflammatory pain reliever, such as Advil, will not heal the injury. Instead, it is of utmost importance to ease up on all activity, especially running, tennis, impact sports, etc.
Another drug-free option for helping plantar fasciitis subside is to incorporate more leg stretching into your daily routine. The Achilles tendon and the calf muscles work with the plantar fascia, so focusing on stretching those body parts will limber up your lower legs and ease any pulling of the sore ligament. Foam rolling the calves would be quite helpful.
In order to avoid developing this injury, I would suggest stopping over at a running store and having the employees check your gait and your current running shoes. Improper footwear can really cause you trouble.
I’ve heard that plantar fasciitis is a tough injury to recover from as it can take a really long time (months, at least) to feel back to normal. I’ve been lucky enough to not have experienced the injury, and I plan on avoiding it at all costs!
Have any of you had plantar fasciitis? Any home remedies you’d recommend for recovery?