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Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), affects approximately 10% of the population. It usually affects people between 40 and 60 years of age. If not properly treated, this condition can get worse by the day.
To that, we say…
OH HEEL NO!!
If you have been dealing with this painful inflammation for a long time now, it is only natural that you are apprehensive about the possibility of spending a whole day without grimacing in pain. If you are wondering if the condition will ever go away and how long that might take, rest assured…
Plantar Fasciitis is curable!
The Basics of Plantar Fasciitis
When the ligament along the arch of your foot, known as plantar fascia, gets overstretched or damaged, it signals the onset of plantar fasciitis. If you ignore it, more microtears can and will ensue. This inevitably leads to more and more foot pain.
Did we say “OH HEEL NO” yet?
There are several factors that also tend to worsen a case of plantar fasciitis. As a runner, you will cause more damage to your foot if you continue running even after your foot starts suffering. Makes sense, right?
If you are into dancing or aerobics, continued performances on hard floors increase the risk of damaging your feet more.
Noticing a trend yet?
As an active adult, some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis you should look out for include but not limited to:
- Pain at the bottom of your heel
- Stiffness of the heel
- Burning sensation around the heel
- Pain at the bottom of the heel after intense activities, long periods of standing/sitting, walking, jumping, or running.
Tips to Help You Get Relief from Plantar Fasciitis
You are on this page because you need ideas to help you beat the pains of plantar fasciitis, right? Well, here are some tips to help your foot get better:
- Only wear supportive footwear. This way, you will be able to give your heel and arch the support they need.
- Rest your feet more often. This helps to relieve them of tension and pressure.
- Cut down on the rigorous exercises. This is especially if you are into active sporting activities like…anything that involves running.
- Apply ice packs to the inflamed foot or feet. This helps to reduce the inflammation and pain.
- Engage in selective stretching exercises. The exercises help in reducing the chances of additional micro tears on the plantar fasciitis. They also make the pain go away, gradually. There is a variety of stretching exercises for you to practice on.
Does Plantar Fasciitis Ever Go Away? How Long Does It Take?
This is a question that is always asked and in all honesty, there is no specific timeframe for your foot to heal from plantar fasciitis. There are several factors that determine how long it will take your affected foot to heal, if at all. These factors include:
- Your willingness to rest your feet
- Earlier detection of the condition
- Use of proper footwear
- Your level of dedication (and experimentation) to various treatment options, including stretching exercises, use of orthotic inserts, splints, massages, etc.
When you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, the worst thing you can do is ignore it. Anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen also help in reducing inflammation and pain. However, they only mask the pain and don’t really get to the root of the problem.
When you are dedicated to the treatment of your foot, you should be able to find relief within a few months. This is especially if the treatment was started on time. Your life does not have to revolve around pain but it all depends on you.
Plantar fasciitis is curable and how quickly your foot heals depend on how early the condition was detected and your attitude towards treatment. With commitment, the right amount of rest, and proper exercises, you are sure to find relief from plantar fasciitis pain, even if it takes a few months. Lastly, be sure to meet with your physician to discuss all treatment options.
Sources & Additional Reading
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Plantar Fasciitis – click here
- Cleveland Clinic: Yoga for Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciitis – click here
- Plantar Fasciitis MD: Plantar Fasciitis Stretches – click here
- The Healing Sole: Does Plantar Fasciitis Heal Itself – click here
- Heel That Pain: Exercises for Heel Pain – click here
- The Healing Sole: Can Plantar Fasciitis Go Away – click here
- Heel That Pain: Plantar Fasciitis Won’t Go Away – click here