Try Walking Off Your Plantar Fasciitis
by Sally Key (personal experience with plantar fasciitis)
It might sound counter intuitive, but walking can actually be the best possible treatment. If you are like me in the past, you might be wondering what is plantar fasciitis. To be honest, I think many of us know what it is but do not know what it is called. Throughout my life I’ve been an active walker and a keen hiker – much preferring to walk across town than drive a car or heaven forbid, take the bus.
However, at a certain point in my long walks, I’d feel the muscle under my right foot, between the heel and toe tense. It would get worse and worse until there was a burning feeling, a kind of smap, and then it would be fine again. Now I’m older, I often wake up with pain in this area – the muscle feels tense and stiff.
This is apparently called plantar fasciitis and it is an inflammation of the tissue connecting those two areas. It presents itself as a stabbing pain whenever you get up out of bed or after a long time sitting down. If you are prone to arthritis, you may well develop heel pain but it can show itself in people who will not get arthritis too.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Most doctors suggest the condition is treated with a good rest. However, from personal experience, walking can actually help. The pain dies down with exercise and the tissue becomes more flexible. I’ve found that there is a good medium between rest and walking too far which can actually improve the condition rather than inflame it further. You can further protect the ligament when walking by wrapping it – this will relieve the pain and the inflammation at the same time. All you need is an ace bandage or athletic tape.