How to Get Rid of Plantar Fasciitis at Home Naturally
Your heels ache every morning – you cannot put your foot down on the ground when you arise from the bed every day – and this is a daily problem – the pain is internal – there are no visible signs of any rupture or damage to the skin or bones in that area and massage does not seem to help. Do not worry. Your problem however, is not as unique as you may think it is. It is quite common and can be addressed quite easily as well. The condition is known as Plantar Fasciitis, and there are certain home remedies which can resolve the matter very effectively and inexpensively, without your having even to go to your physician.
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Severe pain and redness in the heel, generally in only one foot which is at its most intense as soon as you wake in the morning is a sign of Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia are actually a set of thick, fibrous, connective tissues which run from the heel, right down the sole of the foot, to the toes. Any injury or inflammation of this fascia results in excruciating pain whenever the foot comes in contact with the ground, but the pain subsides to an extent on moving about a little. The stretching of the fascia on moving the foot for walking, brings about relief.
There are several reasons why the plantar fascia can be damaged or inflamed.
The problem affects mostly persons around the age of 40 – 50. Wear and tear with age is obviously one of the reasons. Another is obesity. The plantar fascia have to bear the weight of the body, and the heavier it is, the worse it is for the fascia which may rupture around the area of the heel, and hurt. Physical stress through excessive walking on hard surfaces or with shoes which do not have proper arch support, can bring about inflammation and damage of the fascia. Athletes tend to suffer to a greater extent from this condition on account of the stress of running, especially if the surface is uneven. Getting up for exercise after a long period of inactivity can also cause the pain to occur, and it gradually diminishes once activity is resumed.
Since Plantar fasciitis occurs on account of excessive wear and tear of the tissues under the foot, resting the foot gives relief. Giving the foot complete rest by propping them up on a raised support during the night. The damaged tissues will generally repair on their own during restful periods.
Strengthening the plantar fascia by doing certain stretching exercises is also very helpful. A few such stretches are given below:
Sit on the floor, bending one leg at the knee, and keeping the sole of that foot flat on the floor before you. Stretch the arch of the foot by pulling the toes inwards. Hold for a short while, say half a minute, and straighten your toes again. Repeat 10 times.
Put your bare hurting foot on a tennis ball on the ground.Roll your foot over it from the toe to the heel and back, several times, thus stretching the arch of the foot.
Sit on the floor with your legs before you, toes pointing up. Stretch the calf muscles. This will give relief from pain. Quite often it is the Achilles tendon connecting the calf muscle to the back of the heel which is the cause of the problem, and stretching the calf will relieve it. You can also massage some almond oil or tea tree oil to massage the foot while stretching the calf.
Pain relief is quite easily achieved with other forms of treatment such as Reiki or Pranic healing. The effect is complete and free of side effects. You can get in touch with a good practitioner with advantage.
In case you need still further tips for relief from Plantar Fasciitis, do get in touch with a Professional Natural Therapist.
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