by Piper Richmond
The first time it happened, I didn’t know what was going on. All I knew was that I was on vacation and it was nearly impossible to walk with this pain in my foot. I spent the entire week in the hotel room.
Flash forward ten years and I have a job I love. The only problem is I can’t go into work because it requires standing all day and my foot is so painful it brings tears to my eyes. This time I do my research and discover the world of plantar fasciitis. As you may know, plantar fasciitis is the painful inflammation of the connective tissue that goes from your heel to the ball of your foot. In my case, it resulted in both a constant ache and searing hot burning sensation.
The Ahhh from the OH
To effectively treat plantar fasciitis I learned to both control the pain and prevent flare-ups. Cold therapy works wonders for pain and the SnOH Ball is absolutely perfect. After a few hours in the freezer, I sit on the couch and roll the ball with my foot back and forth for almost immediate relief. The round shape really gets into the arch of the foot better than the typical cold pack
A better way to sleep
I’ve also learned that sleeping with a foot brace helps for both pain and prevention. As we sleep, our feet naturally fall into a pointed position that exacerbates the inflammation. By keeping the foot in a neutral 90-degree angle, the brace allows the body to heal itself at night. This may not happen from just a couple nights. I find that it takes about a week to really see results
Support is so important
Probably the most important thing I’ve learned is the importance of prevention. Gone are the days of going around all summer in a pair of $5 flip-flops. Proper shoes with arch support and heel cushioning are integral. You can retrofit or supplement some shoes like boots and athletic shoes with orthopedic inserts. The Airheel was a perfect solution since it supports in every shoe, even barefoot. Wearing high heels is also out for me. Like the pointed foot, while sleeping, the pointed foot from wearing heels can bring about a bout of fasciitis in many women.
A little bit a day can go a long way
Stretching the foot has now become a part of my daily life. I have a nighttime routine like the one in the kit that keeps the foot happy. Spending those few minutes paying attention to my feet also helps me notice if there is any pain. If there is, I know to sleep with my splint to stop the inflammation.
Pains and Strain’s Plantar Fasciitis Kit has everything I needed to treat my condition. If you do your research, you’ll find that to be true as well. Rather than buying everything individually, buying the kit saves money and you get a stretch and strengthen plan that you can’t find anywhere else. I don’t usually write reviews, but I’ve been so happy with this kit that I had to speak up. I hope it works for you too.