Plantar fasciitis is the medical term used to describe inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue which runs along the bottom of your foot. This can be a very painful condition, which can last months and even longer for up to a year, depending on the treatment received. Most people suffer pain in the soles of their feet after getting out of bed first thing in the morning.
Some people can be more prone to plantar fasciitis; such as runners, pregnant women, those who have gained weight, or simply from overuse.
Below are some of my classic tips to help ease the pain and resolve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis!
How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis
Seek out the root cause of the plantar fasciitis. Why is it on your left foot and not your right?
Get osteopathic treatment to address the underlying cause of the inflammation, such as a restricted ankle, tight calf muscles, mal-aligned spine. All of these can affect the plantar fascia under your foot.
Freeze a plastic bottle full of water and use this to roll your foot over, to ease the inflammation, especially in the morning and evening times.
Stretch out your calf muscles and buttock muscles.
Use a tennis ball under the sole of your foot to ease tension in the plantar fascia.
If the pain is bad, ask your GP for some pain relief medication.
Lorraine Herity is the Clinic Director of Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch, New Zealand. She previously worked in Osteopathic clinics in London and Ireland, before moving to New Zealand. Lorraine trained at the British School of Osteopathy in London, where she gained her Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost). Lorraine is a dedicated and passionate Osteopath. Her main aim is to help her patients regain their health, and to return her patients back to their everyday activities, in as quick a time as possible.