Plantar fasciitis is a foot disorder usually felt as heel pain. There are around 2 million new patients of this disorder reported every year in the USA only. That pain especially hurts first thing in the morning when you try to stand on your feet, or after sitting for awhile. This pain is caused by an injury of the fascia band at the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia and it connects the heel bone to the toes. Usually this injury is caused by overuse of the foot. Heel pain remission time can be very long because the overloading of the foot is a part of the patient's daily habit and the foot gets injured repeatedly.
The foot is a very unique mechanical structure. Each foot is assembled from 26 bones, 33 joints, more than a 100 muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. The human foot mechanism is even more sophisticated and is changing in every individual. The plantar fascia band part in the foot mechanism is to keep the foot longitudinal arch structure. It acts more or less like a bow string. But this structure is held also by the other components of the foot especially the foot's small muscles. If you train your feet this whole structure will get stronger. Stronger foot muscles can support the plantar fascia keeping it from another strain. Stronger feet can be the difference between a chronic plantar fasciitis and a treatable foot dysfunction.
There are plenty distinctive plantar fasciitis treatments, but there is no one cure that works for everyone. Treatment methods can be simple, like applying ice on the foot, or very complicated like surgery. A very common and successful treatment is exercise. Exercise is described as a very effective treatment measure, you can do it when you feel like it, everywhere and it does not cost anything. Implementing some of the following exercises in your daily routine (2-3 times a day) will make your healing faster and will keep your feet stronger.
Plantar fasciitis exercises consist of two different types. The first group of exercise is foot strengthening and the second is stretching. Generally whenever you perform an exercise you should not sense any pain. If you do feel pain you must stop. The foot strength exercises are not appropriate for the painful stage of the disease. Wait for an inflammation relief and pain relief before you start strengthening your foot. Anyway please consult your doctor before you perform any of the following exercises. For the specific exercises please visit our website at: