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Coping with Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Some of our most common requests is regarding insoles for plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis pain is something that affects millions of us, and we at Insoles and Beyond are no strangers to plantar fasciitis heel pain and general discomfort. In fact, part of the reason we started this family-run company is to bring the relief we’ve found to more people like us – normal people like you and me who sometimes have annoying or even debilitating plantar fasciitis and other foot pain.

There are a few things you can do to begin addressing plantar fasciitis pain at home, and though none of these could be considered a comprehensive treatment for plantar fasciitis, there are some easy things you can do to begin to ease your pain. (That said, if your pain is significant or persistent you should make an appointment with your doctor to get a diagnosis and/or further input.)

Insoles have made the biggest difference for us in coping with plantar fasciitis pain. By keeping the foot properly aligned and supporting the natural shape of the arch, the painful wear on the foot that often leads to plantar fasciitis is avoided. It’s no magic solution, but it sure is easy! We offer shoe inserts for plantar fasciitis specifically, but many of the arch support insoles at Insoles and Beyond will be effective at relieving plantar fasciitis pain. It’s all about supporting the natural arch of the foot; when the arch gets strained from too much pressure and not enough support, plantar fasciitis can get triggered.

Stretches are another important part of plantar fasciitis treatment. There are some specific plantar fasciitis exercises, such as extending your legs forward while seated and hooking your pointer finger on each big toe. Pulling the toes back toward you will stretch the muscles connected to the plantar fascia, and keeping your feet nicely stretched first thing in the morning will go a long way toward keeping away plantar fasciitis. Another thing that can help is stretching the calf muscles and hamstrings. When you begin doing any new stretches, it’s important to listen to your body and respond accordingly. Never stretch anything to a painful degree, and if a new stretch seems to be exacerbating your plantar fasciitis pain, by all means don’t keep it up!

Surprisingly enough, another big factor in keeping the foot healthy and pain-free is proper hydration. With all the bones, ligaments, and connective tissues forming the complex and magnificent structure that is the human foot, good lubrication and fully “quenched” cells are a critical thing. Hydration isn’t just about keeping your mouth from feeling thirsty or dry – it’s about keeping all of your cells as close to top performance as possible.

There are lots of solutions that are marketed to eliminating plantar fasciitis pain. Not every solution works for every person, but these three suggestions – arch supports, stretches, and hydration for plantar fasciitis – are the things that have been most effective for us here at Insoles and Beyond.

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