How to Help Cure Plantar Fasciitis – Loading the Plantar Fascia

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of frustrating and debilitating heel pain, can be alleviated through a multifaceted physio approach that combines rest, stretching, strengthening exercises, and supportive footwear. Initially, it’s crucial to give the affected foot ample rest to allow the inflamed plantar fascia to heal. This means avoiding activities that inflame the pain, such as prolonged standing or exercising too soon after a flare up. In addition to important rest, gentle stretching exercises targeting the calf muscles and the plantar fascia itself can help relieve tension and promote healing. These stretches performed multiple times a day, can include calf stretches against a wall or using a towel to gently pull the toes towards the body. Strengthening exercises for the foot and ankle muscles can also aid in stabilizing the arch and reducing strain on the plantar fascia as demonstrated in the video above.

Furthermore, supportive footwear can play a pivotal role in managing plantar fasciitis although the related studies are inconclusive. Shoes with adequate arch support and cushioning are known to temporarily help distribute pressure evenly across the foot, reducing strain on the plantar fascia. Orthotic inserts or custom-made shoe inserts may also provide additional support and alignment for the foot. Additionally, applying ice to the affected area can help alleviate pain and inflammation, particularly after physical activity. Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may offer temporary relief, but it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional before using them regularly. In severe cases where conservative measures fail to provide relief, physical therapy or corticosteroid injections may be recommended to address persistent symptoms and promote recovery.

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