Pain in the Foot

Ever had a hard time getting out of bed because the bottom of your feet hurt so bad it made you walk awkwardly for an hour or so before things calm down? The rest of the day went fine but once you jumped out of bed the next morning it was the same painful event again. You might have what is called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. Often seen in runners or people who stand on ladders a lot but can be seen from many other activities. It can be troublesome to get rid of but a few simple things can make a huge difference in getting relief. 1) Buy a small can of coffee. Not for drinking but empty the can and fill it with water then put it in the freezer for a day. At night pull the can out when you have a chance to sit down and roll it under the affected foot for ten to fifteen minutes or as long as you can deal with the cold. (Don’t forget to keep the lid on the coffee can so as the ice melts a little you don’t make puddles on the carpet.) The shape of the can stretches out the tissues underneath the foot and the ice helps with the circulation and inflammation. 2) Get a massage. Not just any kind of massage but a therapist who can do connective tissue massage or deep tissue massage. Having a therapist work the calf and foot can elongate over tight muscles that are rubbing and being irritated. 3) Invest in a good pair of shoes. Proper foot wear can make a night and day difference on how good your feet feel. There are several shoes on the market that are made for just this kind of thing. Just a few things you can do to make your feet happy and healthy.

Always consult your primary health care provider before starting any kind of treatment on your own.