Tips for Stopping Plantar Fasciitis Pain

October 15, 2010 by  
Filed under plantar-fasciitis

The pain that many plantar fasciitis sufferers deal with on a daily basis is no laughing matter.  It is commonly reported by plantar fasciitis sufferers that not only do they have painful inflammation of the foot fascia but also muscle knots in the small muscles in the arch of the foot.  This combination can make the plantar fasciitis pain so intense that sufferers simply call in sick to work and have no other choice but to stay home with their feet elevated.

The inflammation and pain of the fascia can become even more irritated by these muscle knots and trigger points.  As a result, the muscles in the arch of the foot do not function normally and may increase the pressure on the plantar fascia itself.  The fascia may feel as if someone is pulling on it which can sometimes result in foot cramping and pain.

I’ve often heard from plantar fasciitis sufferers who report that the muscle knots and cramps themselves are more of a source of their pain and suffering than the actual swelling and inflammation of the fascia.  And to make matters worse, the foot cramps seem to happen more frequently at night which throws your sleep pattern all out of whack.

Even for the most experienced medical experts, physiotherapists or podiatrist it can be quite challenging to identify the difference between the pain in the fascia of the foot and the discomfort of the muscle knots in the muscles of the arch of the foot.  It is not uncommon to experience pain from the muscle knots of the foot even after the inflammation of the plantar fascia has subsided.  Just when you thought your plantar fasciitis was cured and completely gone!

The frustrating part is that it can be insurmountable to identify the difference between the pain of the fascia and the pain of the knots in the muscle of the foot. To make it even more confusing, your buttocks actually contain trigger points that can deliver pulse sensations straight down your legs and into the arch and heel of the foot.  This can sometimes get overlooked and may be a contributing factor to your plantar fasciitis pain.

So what are some good pointers and tips for stopping plantar fasciitis pain?

First I would try to identify what causes plantar fasciitis and how your plantar fasciitis actually developed.  An injury such as plantar fasciitis does not just happen overnight.  This condition develops overtime as the small micro tears start to appear and when ignored and left untreated, become larger tears that are much more painful.

If you are an avid runner, take a look at the ground you are running on.  Have you recently changed your route or course?  Are you running on uneven ground or doing more uphill, downhill or steps?

Take a look at your shoes.  Perhaps the support structure of your shoe is completely broken down and wore out.  This can cause the support your foot arch requires to bottom out which causes your foot fascia to stretch, tear and become inflamed.

But the good news is that you don’t have to waste hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors, physical therapy or podiatrist visits to cure your plantar fasciitis and foot pain.  All it really takes are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques you can do from the comfort of home to completely eliminate your plantar fasciitis pain for good.