Lions, Tigers, and nagging Plantar Fasciitis! Oh My!

Senior with foot painI am sure that “Oh My!” is not strong enough expression of feeling when it comes to pain for people suffering from plantar fasciitis. It is a terrible aching and sometimes-acute pain in the arch of the foot. This pain stems from inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot.  Let’s face it, when our feet start to hurt, we are not happy. How do you get this, and a better question would be, how do you get rid of it?

 Here are 6 Tips to help alleviate the pain:

  1. Stretching before you get out of bed. Sometimes the first steps out of bed are the worst and can create immense pain in the foot if we don’t stretch. Before you jump out of bed, do some calf stretches. When you tighten the calf muscle, you pull on the heel bone, and it makes your plantar fascia very taut and prone to injury. You can simply take a towel or belt and loop around your foot and pull gently to stretch the foot. Then you hold that stretch for 30 seconds and repeat a few times to build strength and avoid further injury.
  2. Plantar fascia stretch. You need to keep tendons and muscles loose and keep them stretched in your foot. An easy stretch is to just grab your foot with your hand and pull it toward you. Hold the stretch and do a it a few times to really loosen up your foot to avoid plantar fasciitis.
  3. Calf stretching. It may sound silly, especially to runners who “say” they stretch all the time, but you need to do calf stretches. Simply put your hands on a chair or wall and stretch one leg back to really stretch the calf and the muscles that attach to the foot. After you hold that stretch bend your knee for a deeper stretch. It will feel amazing on tight feet and calves.
  4. Massage.  Does a great massage sound wonderful? I think so! However you don’t need a professional therapist massage your foot, you can do it yourself with a tennis ball or golf ball. It is as simply as running your foot back and forth along the ball to stretch the muscle and help get rid of the pain.
  5. Ice massage.  Another method for relief is an iced massage. You can take a frozen ball or frozen water bottle and run it back and forth along your foot for alleviating swelling, pain, and tension in your foot. It is worth doing for 10 minutes a day to get the best relief.
  6. LaserTouchOne. Finally, if you want immediate relief and can get your hands on a LaserTouchOne, it works wonders. Within just a few treatments your foot feels like new again. It really is worth the try. 

For example, I had been having some flare-ups with Plantar Fasciitis in my foot the past few days.  I used my Laser on my foot and up my calf several times throughout the past few days and have found enough relief that I have been able to keep up with my exercise routine and not have to suffer through the pain in my feet–without having to take any anti-inflammatories!!

Stop by today at New Visions to try the LaserTouchOne. We offer free demonstrations of the product, and you can even rent one to try at home.  

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