Have you ever felt a stabbing pain in your heel from the very first steps in the morning? It could be plantar fasciitis, a common foot-injury that can make even walking short distances a heavy burden.
The condition occurs when the plantar fascia — a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel bone to the toes — becomes inflamed, typically causing stabbing heel pain
In spite if it’s a slow-to-heal (heel?) process, there are some at-home tips that could prove helpful for new and long-term sufferers, alike.
Some effective treatments include rolling your foot over a tennis ball or frozen water bottle to bring out the inflammation. Stretches are also helpful, particularly by arching the foot or calf stretching by placing your hands on a wall while elongating each leg as if you were pushing against the wall. The key to treatment is consistency.
Some sufferers can also find relief in using custom-fit insoles, which reduces the arch in the foot.
Want to know more about how to treat plantar fasciitis? The Toronto Star has more.