Today’s Reading List: How to deal with plantar fasciitis

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.

Posted on October 8, 2014 in Health in the News, Reading List

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