PLANTAR FASCIITIS TREATMENT
There are several options available for plantar fasciitis treatment.
Often the treatment depends on the severity of the injury and the lifestyle of the person who is suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
Well you sure don’t want to do what I did when I felt all the warning signs but did not know what was happening.
You may not ever have to worry about Plantar Fasciitis treatment if you are aware of what causes it in the first place and know what to do in that eventually.
When I felt the first twinges of pain in my heel I just kept right on running. That may have seemed logical in the beginning because endurance runners feel lots of assorted aches and pains and usually you can run right through them and the go away.
Well you can go to the well too often with that line of thinking.
I now make it a rule of thumb that if the same ache or pain persists for two day I take two or three full days off from training.
I think this a wise strategy because if you start running a few days later and the same pain is there, then it’s time to walk back home and go see your doctor.
My doctor diagnosed the problem right away but I had run through the pain for so long that it became more serious than it had to ever be.
SOME TREATMENT IDEAS
The very most important thing when it comes Plantar Fasciitis treatment is to stop running and even stop excessive walking and very definitely avoid running or walking through the pain.
I know this is hard for some very dedicated athletes to accept with the next marathon or ironman triathlon looming in the weeks or months ahead, but consider it short term pain for long term gain.
Besides, if you are getting ready for and Ironman Triathlon, you can always work on improving your swim stroke an still maintain I high level of fitness. Even biking on a wind-trainer would most likely be okay
Remember that what you have is an inflammation to the plantar fascia and that means ice and rest will be key elements to a speedier recovery.
The plantar fascia will tighten up while you sleep and often the most painful time is that first few steps when you get out of bed. This can be alleviated by doing self-massage.
Try and massage in continuous strokes from the fall of your foot to the heel. This is the line that the plantar fascia takes. It should ease the pain considerably when you first put weight on your foot in the morning.
There is always the possibility of re-injuring your heel just as it starts to feel better if it tightens up too much in the night.
That’s the reason for massaging the plantar fascia and also the reason for wearing a night splint.
This is a very successful Plantar Fasciitis treatment as the night splint prevents the plantar fascia from tightening as you sleep.
Yes indeed, even an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory will help ease the pain, but it comes with it’s own set of dangers. Sometimes you might think “hey this feels pretty good. I’m going for a run!”
That’s a huge mistake because an anti-inflammatory will go a long way toward “masking” the problem and can fool you.
Be sure the pain is pretty much gone away without the use of anti-inflammatory before hitting the road of the pathway again.
Things are not always what they seem and here is a good example of what I mean.
When my fasciitis was in full swing I tried taking an anti-inflammatory and was at the starting line on July for a marathon I really wanted to do. The gun went off and within 3 miles I could feel the serious heel pain beginning with every foot-fall and dropped out of the race.
Being the competitor I was, I intended to be at the start line for Ironman Canada that same August about 9 weeks later.
I had trained all year for it and was not going to let go of it easily.
I went to a specialist several days before the Ironman and he stuck this huge needle filled with cortizone in my heel.
I had actually developed a heel spur because I ran so long on my injured heel when it first became inflamed.
“You will have to see how this feels when you stress in on race day and use your best judgement.” The specialist also went on to say that it’s very possible with cortizone masking the pain that I could do even more damage.
My reasoning going into Ironman Canada that year was that at I could be part of the race and do the swim and bike as they do not impact the heel and then see what transpired in the run.
I made it all the way out of Penticton to Skaha Lake and I could feel the pain fighting it’s was through the cortizone.
It was most probably one of smartest decisions I ever made in my athletic career when I simply stopped running and dropped out of the race.
Those of you who are Ironmen will understand how hard that is to do.
But I was looking at the possibility of rupturing the plantar fascia and then it would most likely require surgery and I might never run the same again.
REST AND RECOVER
That was the end of running for the rest of that year. I had been training steadily for over 15 years for the Ironman so I was due for some down time away from stressing my body to the limit.
In four months, in January of the following year my heel was better and there was no pain and I was able to ease back into training and within a few months was back up to 3-hour runs with no signs of pain from my heel.
So ultimately the best Plantar Fasciitis treatment of all was to simply stop running and let the injury heel itself.
Read what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Plantar Fasciitis