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What can I do to ease my foot pain?

What can I do to ease my foot pain?

Frank has plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the sole of the foot. He feels intense intermittent pain that extends from the back of his heel to the front of his foot. His pain is at its worst in the morning. He wants to know, what can he do to ease the pain in his feet?

Harry’s advice:

I had plantar fasciitis for years, so I know what you’re talking about when you describe your pain. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective tissue that starts on the bottom of your heel bone and extends toward your toes gets inflamed. It’s a common condition, but it’s hard to treat. I used to get injections. My doctor would inject me with steroids and analgesics, which are painkillers. The shot hurt like hell; I don’t recommend it.

What I did to get rid of my plantar fasciitis and foot pain is to buy and use orthotics. An orthotic is an insert that you wear in your shoe. Orthotics they help by assisting in movement and reduce weight bearing on the wrong parts of your foot. They basically correct improper walking form.

You should also do foot stretches every morning. When you’re in bed in the morning, wrap a towel around your upper leg and stretch so you’re bringing your toes to your upper belly and pull your toes away from your heel. Do stretches first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. If you stretch your feet in the morning and use orthotics, your pain should go away.

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