If you’ve ever suffered from plantar fasciitis, you know how painful this common condition can be. You’ve probably also noticed that the pain is worse when you first get up in the morning or after extended periods of inactivity and lessens after you walk around a bit.
In other words, disuse exacerbates the problem. And if that is the case, do you think your foot will feel better or worse if you treat plantar fasciitis by putting a cast or splint on your foot? Your foot will feel better in the short term, but what about the long term? As Alexandra Ellis points out in her AE Wellness blog, “you wouldn’t wear a cast on your broken forearm for the rest of your life just to prevent it from breaking again, would you?”
Orthotics, splints and other stabilizing devices can be useful to relieve pain in the short term, but there is a better solution for long-term treatment. If plantar fasciitis pain eases with use, then doesn’t it make sense that you may find long-term relief by letting the muscles and tendons in your foot do the work they are intended to perform?
The simplest way to put your foot muscles to work is to simply walk – without shoes. By walking barefoot, you force your muscles to work harder to stabilize your feet and legs.
However, if you currently suffer from plantar fasciitis, merely walking barefoot isn’t enough. If you have therapy balls (or some tennis-sized firm rubber balls), you can stretch and massage your plantar fascia. Watch this plantar fasciitis video to learn how. Or, schedule an appointment with me for a thorough therapeutic massage.