Tips for Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Whether you are young or old, active or sedentary, plantar fasciitis can affect a wide range of people.
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury to the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia is a broad ligament on the base of your foot which extends from your heel to the base of your toes.
When considering treatment options, it is important to remember what movements cause stress on the plantar fascia.
The first is when the arch drops such as when body weight is applied to the foot. The second is during toe off or when the foot is extending on the toes when you are walking or running.
The good news is there are effective ways to treat this potentially chronic condition.
Custom Foot Orthotics
Depending on the assessment of the foot, custom orthotics can help to provide arch support to a fallen arch to support the plantar fascia. Orthotics can also help improve pressure distribution and cushioning in a higher arched foot.
Make sure the shoes have a strong base, heel counter and cushioning to help with shock absorption. The shoes should also have a strong forefoot rocker to reduce stress.
Stretching and Strengthening
Stretching and strengthening the foot is very important to address tight musculature. Basic calf stretches and stretching of the plantar fascia should be done daily.
Massaging the foot with a roller ball such as a Foot Rubz or Addaday Junior Roller to help muscles relax to improve responsiveness and reduce muscle fatigue.
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