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How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Welcome to my blog! My name is Geoff. I have always been a sporty kind of chap. I love to go long distance running and I also play football and rugby. One day after a long run, I had a terrible pain in my foot. I thought I had just been overdoing it a little bit, so I decided to rest up. A week later, it was no better. I was still in a lot of pain and had to drop out of a couple of football matches. My doctor sent me to see a podiatrist who examined my foot and explained I had damaged a ligament. The podiatrist helped me to get back to full health. I decided to start this blog to explain the importance of good foot care.

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

How To Get Relief From Plantar Fasciitis With Podiatry Treatments

by Samuel Snyder

Plantar fasciitis is quite a common foot problem that affects many Australians. It is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that stretches all along the underside of the foot. This condition can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, making it difficult to even walk, let alone perform your daily activities. Fortunately, podiatry treatments can help alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis and provide relief. If you find yourself with a lot of pain along the bottom of your foot and want some much-needed relief then you should go and see a podiatrist as soon as possible. 

Getting Custom Orthotics Fitted For Your Shoes

Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts designed to support the feet and relieve pressure on the plantar fascia. They can be made of a variety of materials, including foam, plastic, and rubber. Orthotics work by redistributing the pressure on the feet and providing cushioning to the affected area, making it much less painful for the bottom of your foot. Your podiatrist can help set you up with the proper orthotics that are fitted to your feet, and can also give you advice on which shoes they work best with and how to minimize discomfort when wearing them.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist may recommend stretching exercises, massage, or other manual therapies to help reduce inflammation and improve the strength and flexibility of the foot. They will show you these exercises and can help demonstrate them, so you are fully equipped to be able to do them at home. Make sure to write down the names of the exercises if there are more than a couple so that you can look at examples of them, later on, to ensure you get them right and are not accidentally making the plantar fasciitis worse. 

Medications For Special Circumstances

In some cases, a podiatrist may prescribe medications to help manage the pain and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective in reducing pain and swelling. Corticosteroid injections may also be used to provide relief for severe cases of plantar fasciitis. While medication is avoided if possible, sometimes the pain and problems with your plantar fasciitis more than warrant these above options. Just make sure to get them prescribed by a podiatrist and not to self-medicate this issue on your own.  

For more info about plantar fasciitis, contact a local professional.