5 Effective Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

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Plantar fasciitis, the medical term for inflammation of the plantar fascia, is something that millions of Americans deal with every year. It affects the connective ligament running from the bottom of the heel, along the bottom of the foot, to each of the toes. The pain of plantar fasciitis can be as mild as a slight soreness at the bottom of the heel in the morning, or it can be debilitating to the point that surgery is necessary to correct the condition.

Today we are featuring a guest post from Ashley Gainer, one of the founders of InsolesandBeyond.com.

The main symptoms of plantar fasciitis include soreness along the bottom of the heel first thing in the morning, after a long period of sitting or standing, and/or while climbing stairs. Some people will also feel a sharp pain along the bottom of the foot or feel tightness or swollenness in the fleshy part of the very center of the foot, where the plantar fascia is.

If you’ve got the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you’ll want to treat the condition right away to prevent it from becoming significantly worse. Here are five effective plantar fasciitis treatments that, in addition to anti-inflammatories and a period of rest lasting several days to a week, should keep the condition from becoming a significant problem.

1. Arch support insoles. Many people find plantar fasciitis relief with replacement insoles for plantar fasciitis or arch support. The plantar fascia runs along the bottom of the arch of the foot and its proper functioning depends on the arch maintaining a good position. For this reason, having the extra arch support that an insole provides is often an extremely effective treatment, especially when combined with stretches.

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