If you have an active job that requires you to stand and walk for long periods of time, or you’re a long-distance runner, chances are you’ve tangled with plantar fasciitis before.
To understand what Plantar Fasciitis is, it’s helpful to know a little about your foot’s anatomy.
The plantar fascia is the thick ligament connecting your heel to the ball of your foot. It supports the arch of your foot and acts as a shock absorber, so it’s pretty susceptible to inflammation due to everyday wear and tear.
This inflammation is called plantar fasciitis. It causes all kinds of discomfort, stiffness, and pain to those who suffer from it- and for those who need to be on their feet all day, it’s not just painful, it’s inconvenient!
If you suspect you have plantar fasciitis, it may not be necessary to run (or limp) to the doctor right away for injections or surgery. There are some things you can do first before resorting to medical treatment. However, some may be best done under the supervision of your physician.
You can use your preferred over the counter pain reliever to help lessen the discomfort as well. Still, if you don’t take steps (no pun intended) to help it heal, all the Ibuprofen in the world won’t help!
Do you have, or have you had plantar fasciitis? Tell us in the comments below what tips or tricks you learned to help get back on your feet again!