What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful foot condition that affects millions of people and is caused by inflammation of the thick band that connects your heel to your toes. This is one of the most common causes of heel pain and usually involves a sharp stabbing pain near the heel. Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners, overweight individuals and anyone who puts increased stress on their feet on a daily basis. Pain is usually the most severe in the morning, fading as the day goes on but may become worse during the day due to increased activity.
Ignoring Plantar Fasciitis can lead to additional health problems including chronic foot problems, knee problems due to a change in the way you walk and hip/back issues. It is important to use tools and stretches as soon as possible to reduce pain and lower your risk of chronic pain. Making a strict stretching and treatment schedule is key to getting your feet back to 100% health. The most important times to treat your Plantar Fasciitis are right in the morning when getting out of bed and just before going to bed at night.
In severe cases, advanced physical therapy or surgery may be needed, but for the most part, a strict personal rehab schedule can prevent any need for those options. There are many tools on the market that are inexpensive and very effective at treating Plantar Fasciitis. Foot Rollers, Compression Socks, Night Splints, Warming Cream and Massage Balls are just a few examples of the tools that are available.
Foot Rollers have proven to be the most popular and effective tool for treating Plantar Fasciitis. There are many different types, sizes and materials used for rollers and preference differs person to person. HealPT offers great tools and rollers that have been very effective for our customers.