Along the way, my Plantar Fasciitis seems to have flared up again. Plantar fasciitis is caused because the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes has become inflamed. Overweight women, like myself, are more likely to develop the condition. Walking a lot on hard surfaces makes it worse, so our long walks into town were making it worse. The pain classically occurs right after getting up in the morning and after a period of sitting. The excruciating pain in my heel bone was often felt worse after (not during) exercise.
According to my research, stretching is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis. I found this exercise to be the most helpful:
- Plantar fascia stretch: Stand with the ball of your injured foot on a stair. Reach for the bottom step with your heel >until you feel a stretch in the arch of your foot. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds and then relax. Repeat 3 times. After you have stretched the bottom muscles of your foot, you can begin strengthening the top muscles of your foot.
FootCareMD suggests the following
The good news is that my foot feels so much better! We have even begun playing tennis in the mornings.
Here is a great list of exercises that you can follow. Plantar Fascitis Exercises-1. Stick to it if you have problems with foot pain, plantar fasciitis, and or heel pain.
I also use the Active Ankle Dns Dorsal Night Splint when I go to bed. It’s been very helpful too.