Plantar fasciitis is a common and painful condition that affects the bottom of the foot. It is characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis can cause chronic foot pain if left untreated and make it difficult to walk or stand for long periods. Fortunately, Marque A. Allen DPM, FACFAS, offers treatment for plantar fasciitis to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life.
If you are prone to plantar fasciitis or want to prevent it from occurring. Here are six tips to help prevent plantar fasciitis;
- Wear the right shoes
One of the best things you can do to avoid Plantar Fasciitis is to wear shoes that support your arch and heel. Shoes that fit properly and have a thick sole to cushion your heel and prevent your heel from moving around are essential—and not only for working out. Avoid wearing high heels all day that put pressure on your arch before changing into supportive shoes for a workout. Avoid wearing flip-flops and uncomfortable heels, as well as avoiding going barefoot.
- Maintain a healthy weight
Rapid weight gain is one of the early signs of the development of plantar fasciitis. Carrying additional weight puts a lot of strain on your feet, the ball of your foot, and your plantar fascia ligament, which puts stress on your arches and can eventually cause plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia ligament is located between your heel and the ball of your foot. You may further reduce your risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis by maintaining a healthy diet and consuming foods high in particular nutrients and anti-inflammatory characteristics.
- Stretch your feet regularly
Stretching your feet can help to loosen up the plantar fascia and reduce the risk of inflammation. One simple stretch you can try is the “toe stretch.” To do this, sit down with one leg extended and the other bent. Place a towel around the ball of your foot and gently pull the towel towards you while keeping your knee straight. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, then relax and repeat with the other foot.
- Rest your feet
If you are experiencing pain in your feet, giving them time to rest and heal is important. Avoid standing or walking for long periods, and take frequent breaks to elevate your feet. If the pain persists, it is a good idea to see a doctor or podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment.
- Use orthotic inserts
If you have flat feet or high arches, orthotic inserts can help provide the necessary support and alignment for your feet. They can be placed in your shoes to help alleviate strain on the plantar fascia.
Following these tips can help prevent plantar fasciitis and keep your feet healthy and pain-free. Remember to always listen to your body and pay attention to any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing. With the right precautions and treatment, you can enjoy all your favorite activities without foot pain getting in the way.
Call Marque Allen, DPM, FACFAS, to book your appointment for Plantar Fasciitis treatment.