Home Remedies To Cure Plantar Fasciitis
The sole of the foot has a thick layer of skin going from the heel to the toes, called the plantar fascia and whose function is to protect the foot cushioning the impact caused by walking. The plantar fascia may undergo swelling or stretching resulting in plantar fasciitis, especially when we do sports that require extra effort on the part of the lower extremities, such as running excessively. In general, this is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs that we can complement with some remedies and accelerate the healing process. Keep reading this OneHowTo.com article and discover the home remedies to cure plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is not an easily identifiable condition, it may even take months before you notice the first symptoms. Therefore, when they do appear, the best thing to do is visit your doctor to perform an X-ray of the feet and determine if there is some other damage, such as a heel spur. Your doctor will probably start drug treatment and refer you to a physiotherapist. Try to identify the specific cause of the pain to facilitate treatment.
One of the best home remedies to cure plantar fasciitis and to relieve pain is the application of ice on the affected area. If you do not have ice packs or cold packs, crush ice, wrap it in a clean cloth and place it on the foot for 15 minutes, thus decreasing inflammation and with it, the pain. Do this four times a day.
The pain of plantar fasciitis is more intense first thing in the morning, so stretching with a strap and massage it before getting up is recommended. Massages must be carried out by making small circular motions with your thumb. Start at the heel and go up to the toes, massaging for at least one minute. It is also a good idea to massage your foot after having spent a long time sitting or lying down.
Another effective home remedy to cure plantar fasciitis is carrying out massages using cylindrical shapes, such as very cold bottles or cans. This type of massage and stretching will allow you to strengthen the entire arch of the foot, relieving pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. It's simple, sit on a chair, sofa, etc., place the cold cylindrical object on the floor, place your damaged foot on it and roll your foot over the object, applying light pressure. You can repeat this process three times a day.
Strapping is an essential remedy to cure plantar fasciitis. To do this, you need a sticky bandage. Cut a strip and wrap it around the front of the foot. Then, take another strip, put it at one end and take it to the heel diagonally wrapping it around directing the tape back to the starting point, see the picture. Do the same at the other end so that you have a cross on foot. Finally, tie bandage with another strip on the ends of the above bandage, as with the first one.
It is very important that the bandage does not get wet as it will lose its function and not help the fasciitis. During the night, replace it with a splint, so that the plantar fascia is stretched during those hours when you are not will perform any activity and can heal quickly.
Wearing appropriate footwear is essential to cure plantar fasciitis correctly. Ideally you need footwear that supports the entire foot, absorbs the impacts caused by the act of walking and has a slightly raised heel, thus the overloading and tension exerted on the fascia is decreased. On the other hand, it is important to avoid wearing very high heels, as it could strain the fascia more. If necessary, use insoles appropriate for this condition. Always use insoles in both feet, even if only one foot hurts.
You can also help improve your plantar fasciitis by stretching your toes and foot for a few minutes a day. Stretch your toes back, and hold for 15 seconds. Then, grab your toes and pull them gently upward and hold for 15 seconds.
Rehabilitation for plantar fasciitis is not a quick process, it takes time to cure it completely and, therefore, you must be patient and consistent in applying home remedies and taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Also seeing a physical therapist is always advisable for better healing.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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