How I treated my Plantar Fasciitis

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What is Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a type of foot pain that many people start to experience in their late twenties and early thirties, although in some cases its onset can also occur when people are in their forties and fifties. Men and women are equally affected, as are optimal-weight and overweight people.

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are foot arch pain, as well as pain in the front foot area. In all cases, the pain is at the bottom of the feet, also known as the sole. In the early stages, it is not very noticeable and can be easily ignored, but as time goes by it gets worse and worse.

In most cases both feet are affected and the pain is worst in the morning when getting out of bed, due to the sole muscles and plantar fascia on the bottom of the feet contracting during sleep. When waking up and putting pressure on the feet, the muscles and fascia expand and the pain can become so unbearable that people have to walk on their heels until the pain slightly subsides. However throughout the day, whether getting up from the couch or getting out of the car (after prolonged sitting), the stinging pain can come back immediately.

Most commonly plantar fasciitis occurs in people who are overweight and in optimal-weight people who do a lot of walking or running; in both cases pressure being put on the feet is the common denominator.

My experience with Plantar Fasciitis

In my mid twenties I was overweight and decided to do someting about it. So every morning I went on a short morning jog and slowly but surely lost 40 pounds over seven months. Now, I am not saying that jogging alone helped me lose 40 pounds, but eating healthier also had a lot to do with it, which my family doctor suggested to me to lose weight effectively.

After 5-6 months of exercising, I noticed that I had some pain in my feet every morning I woke up. I didn't think much of it and determined that it had to do with me jogging five days a week. So I bought memory foam insoles for my sneakers and hoped that my foot pain would eventually go away.

After another month or two the pain actually got worse and waking up in the morning became the worst part of my day. Going for my morning jog would also become unbearable since the pain in my feet would become worse while jogging, and jogging would also aggravate the pain when waking up and stepping out of my bed.

Eventually I bought an exercise bike for my apartment because I was not able to jog outside anymore. Part of me also hoped that putting less pressure on my feet (while still actively riding my exercise bike at home) would help me to get rid of the pain I was experiencing. However the pain would not go away and even just walking to the grocery store or walking to the washroom in the middle of the night made the soles of my feet feel like 1000 pins were being pushed in.

How I treated it

I decided to do some research online on what this pain was and eventually I found the name of what was torturing me: Plantar Fasciitis. Researching this disease (at least to me it felt like a disease) gave me a lot of information about the symptoms, but I could not find anything on how to treat it effectively.

One day, by sheer luck, I found a newspaper article on how to treat plantar fasciitis and I decided to try it out. It was very simple to do and, even though I did not feel a difference right away, after a week the pain started subsiding a bit. Feeling like this could cure me of my plantar fasciitis, I kept doing the same thing every day and eventually my pain went away completely.

Here is what I did to get rid of my plantar fasciitis: Every morning I woke up I stretched the soles of my feet by curling up my toes for a good 3 minutes. Then instead of getting out of my bed barefeet, I put on my slippers before walking around. At night, before going to bed, I stretched my soles again for a good 3 minutes. Every now and then, when I felt like the stretch was not strong enough, I used my hands to stretch my soles strongly. I believe this helped me get rid of my plantar fasciitis pain even more effectively.

In conclusion, I am not sure if this solution can help every plantar fasciitis sufferer out there, but it helped me a lot and it got rid of my pain completely. The relief I felt of being able to live my day-to-day life without the pain in my feet is hard to explain, but to the sufferers this might sum it up perfectly: I felt healthy and happy since I could start off every morning pain-free.

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