or Plantar Fasciitis?
'Plantar Fasciitis' - first mentioned (perhaps) when at your Doctors, with bottom-of-heel foot pain*. It sounds serious, but frankly you don't care - as long as it goes away! Unfortunately, what's causing your pain is a myriad of different things you didn't do correctly, says Linda Russell, Registered Podiatrist (formerly at Darenth Foot Surgery) NOW AT :-
Linda Russell's Foot Surgery in Swanley High Street.
To re-assure you - it DOES go away eventually - but if you don't want it to become long-term, you should make some life-style changes. Doctors don't have time to discuss these; so you seek advice - or do you just suffer in silence? Sadly, it often occurs when you exercise - throwing yourself into it, not realising that you are setting yourself up for pain!
Obviously, we all know we should stretch first - but most of us don't! Embarking on any exercise requires preparation and importantly, supportive shoes; start slowly - don't go all out!
X-ray of the heelbone with plantar fasciitis. Nederlands: Röntgenfoto van de calcaneus met plantaire fasciitis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- · Consider your foot-wear - do some shoes make it better? Worse?
- · Gently stretch the bottom of your foot BEFORE getting out of bed.
- · A quick solution NOW: Tape your foot to support it underneath.
- · Icing: After a long day - roll a frozen plastic bottle under your feet,
- easing swelling.
- · Always warm up before exercise; rest a day; try and lose some weight.
- · Check your feet for cuts or corns?
* *Remember, there are MANY other reasons for foot pain that need
Try the above tips, or you could come and meet me in my new surgery?
Linda Russell - Registered Podiatrist at 'Linda Russell's Foot Surgery'
@ Swanley Health Clinic, 38 High Street, Swanley, BR8 8BQ
(This article was first printed in May 2012 edition of the 'Kent Lifestyle' Magazine)