The plantar fascia is the connective tissue on the bottom of your foot and runs from the heel to the toes. It supports the arch of your foot and helps you walk. Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the bottom of the heel and becomes inflamed, causing heel pain and stiffness.
It can be caused by too much activity and the ligament gets overused and/or over-stretched and develops tears. Repeated use of the damaged ligament results in inflammation and thickening of the tissue, then plantar fasciitis can occur. A sharp, stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel may be the initial complaint and it can occur suddenly.
If you experience symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis, there are a few simple things to do at home to help.
- Rest Your Feet
When a ligament is stressed and inflamed, it is absolutely essential to take pressure off it and let it rest.
Rolling your foot on a frozen water bottle few times a day is and easy way to apply cooling relief. This will numb soreness and help control inflammation
Light stretching will help soften and spread the tissue and help cause less pain. Rolling on a golf ball is one easy way to help stretch.
Massage therapy can be an important part of treatment for plantar fasciitis as well. The goal is to soften, spread, and lengthen the tissues on the bottom of the foot.
Often a combination of these approaches with help significantly and will help treat this injury