Many adults have suffered some style of foot pain… When your feet hurt a great deal, just about every activity is affected.

Issues with the feet lead to additional complications with knees, hips and back. I actually suffer from plantar fasciitis, which is the most regular reason people meet with a podiatrist. There’s a thick band of tissue referred to as the plantar fascia that connects the heel to the toes. When the tissue becomes entirely inflamed, it feels as if the arch of the foot is breaking and is incredibly painful. Excessively high arches, flat feet and unsupportive shoes are some of the causes of plantar fasciitis. I developed plantar fasciitis after too much running in totally cheap shoes, and simply walking or standing was absolutely harsh. I eventually gave up exercising altogether. Since physical activity is essential to a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, I consulted with a personal trainer. The trainer was very familiar with the condition and told me that there are ways to heal plantar fasciitis. He said that walking for exercise is a truly beneficial therapy. The personal trainer recommended that I start by treating my symptoms with ice and ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation. I tried to stay off my feet as much as possible, to entirely lower stress on the tissue, and began introducing targeted stretches. Before getting out of bed in the morning hours, I slowly flex my foot and toes and hold for a count of ten. I relax and repeat this stretch a bunch of times. I gently roll my ankles to maintain flexibility of the tissue and at times I roll my foot back and forth over a tennis ball. I take the time to perform these exercises many times throughout the morning. After roughly two weeks, I was able to walk rather comfortably. I bought supportive, soft-soled shoes and gradually increased my pace and distance in time.

 

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