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How To Cure Plantar Fasciitis

Updated on January 9, 2015
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Heel Pain And Plantar Fasciitis ~ Gone!

This article is about one man's bout with how to cure plantar fasciitis.

If you are looking for a simple, yet effective, treatment for heel pain, read this article.

Please be aware, I am not a podiatrist. I am not a doctor of any kind. In fact, I have nothing to do with the medical profession except when it comes to needing help for my own ailments. But even then, I am reluctant to visit a doctor because I found that many are just looking for a way to treat symptoms rather than solve the problem that causes the symptoms. In this case, I never did make it to a doctor's office because I was able to find a solution to my problem through totally natural means.

So I do have a story to tell about a natural treatment for plantar fasciitis, and, in particular, how you, too, may be able to deal with your own foot and heel pain.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is a compilation of what I found by doing my own research. There is no guarantee that if you do what I did you will experience the same relief from plantar fasciitis heel pain. Also, while I did write this with the intent of helping those with the same type of foot and heel pain that I had, there are links to products that helped me, and by buying those products through the links provided, I do get a small amount of financial compensation.

plantar faciitis
plantar faciitis

Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a ligament in the bottom of your foot. Its job is to connect the heel bone with the toe bones as it supports the arch.

Fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascia. When there is inflammation, there is usually pain and discomfort, which is why when one has plantar fasciitis, heel pain is common.

Of course, there are different reasons for this inflammation of the fascia tissue to happen. Many athletes experience plantar fasciitis due to overextending the ligament.

Older individuals (Hello!) may develop plantar fasciitis just because stuff is getting older, our bodies require more maintenance than in the "old days" and we have not taken steps to prevent it.

Severe Heel Pain - No Fun

My story

I have a friend who had been experiencing severe heel pain due to plantar fasciitis which resulted in a bone spur. I had talked with him about it because I was beginning to have some discomfort in my own heel.

As he told me his tale of several years of pain and suffering, it occurred to me that I should do something before my heel pain got worse. My friend had been to podiatrists and gotten cortisone shots, and he was still having the pain. He warned me not to go on without seeking medical advice.

Instead, I began to search for solutions online. I am not a fan of typical doctors who want to give you the best pill or shot to take care of the symptoms without going deeper to discover the cause. Now, I don't know what would have happened if I had gone to a doctor, because I have not yet been there to seek relief from my heel pain problems. Perhaps the doctor would have suggested exactly what I am doing, and I may never know what he would have said, simply because I did not choose to make an appointment.

Social Networking Saves The Day

And we are not talking about Facebook

My wife is my biggest fan and my caretaker. She worries about how I am feeling and what it takes to make me better.

She is also a prayer warrior. If you ever want results for your prayers or concerns, tell them to my wife. I have never met anyone with a better track record for answered prayer.

Answered prayer is not always a supernatural experience with the Almighty. And such was the case with my heel pain.

She goes to a weekly Bible study, and she happened to mention my plantar fasciitis problem to her friends there. They did pray for me that day, but what happened after that is what changed the course of history for me. One of her friends approached her and began to tell my wife about her own bout with heel pain. It was pretty much my story as far as symptoms is concerned.

When my honey got home, she was very excited about the new information she had gotten at the Bible study. And after our initial discussion, I was pretty pumped too. Because I was not sure which direction to head in after spending so many hours looking online for help.

Now, I had a real person who had experienced real relief. (Yes, my male friend had gotten some relief too, but that was only after getting the steroid shots.)

Foot and Heel Pain Saviors

Powerstep® Pinnacle Maxx Orthotic Supports - Size PM-G
Powerstep® Pinnacle Maxx Orthotic Supports - Size PM-G

This is the product that set me free from plantar fasciitis heel pain.

 

Relief From Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain

There were a couple of very simple things that my wife's friend told me were critical to getting relief from my heel pain symptoms.

  1. First: Don't go barefoot or wear flip flops (or any other cheap, non-supportive shoes)
  2. Second: Start the day with some very simple and easy exercises that will loosen up the plantar fascia.
  3. Third: Use ice several times a day to reduce the swelling (I filled a water bottle and froze it - perfect shape for the bottom of a foot)
  4. Fourth: Get some good orthotic shoe inserts (not the ones from the grocery store). I recently bought my second pair of Powerstep® Pinnacle Maxx Orthotic Supports from Amazon.

So, I followed her advice to the "T".

After hearing what she said about her struggle with foot and heel pain, I started doing research and ended up on this website: Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spur, Heel Pain. I read practically every word and decided that this man knew about how to treat plantar fasciitis naturally. I also read all the testimonials from those who bought orthotic inserts from him... I bought some, too.

New Inserts, But What About Shoes?

I received the shoe inserts a few days later. But I had a new problem. I thought orthopedic inserts would work in any pair of shoes. I had a history of being quite "frugal" when buying shoes. I had trouble finding a pair of shoes in my closet that would work with my new inserts.

These work shoes worked well with my new inserts -->

After trying all the shoes in my closet, I finally found a pair of work shoes that had been delegated to the garage to use for yard work. They were a perfect fit.

After wearing my new supports for a couple of days, I began to feel much better, and after a week, the heel pain had subsided substantially. The pain actually moved from my heel to my arch, but it was much less pain.

Video help

I wish I had found the video below right away, but truth be told, I didn't even know what was wrong with my foot for a long time. The video has all the things I did to get relief. It may be exactly what YOU need.

All The Right Steps

flip flop disease (Plantar Fasciitis)
flip flop disease (Plantar Fasciitis) | Source

Flip Flop Disease.. aka Plantar Fasciitis

As I combed the Internet looking for what was causing my heel pain, I came across this interesting tid-bit.

Mistreating our feet by just wearing the wrong type of footwear (flip flops in particular) can cause foot and lower extremity problems, not just plantar fasciitis.

Personally, I have had flip flops most of my life. I lived in South Florida for most of my years, and now I live in the Atlanta area, which is another place that lends itself to the comfort of poor shoe choice. And besides, I don't think it looks "cool" when you have on shorts and black socks. My bad.

I guess it was just a matter of time before my lack of footwear education would catch up with me.

Photo by the author

Having worn flip flop type sandals my whole life, I was ecstatic when I found out about these. They have a heel well and a strong arch support, making them a good fit for someone with my kind of problems.

This is me with my Orthaheel flip flops, only the folks at Orthaheel call them Kinetic Thong Sandals. What ever they're called, I LOVE 'EM!

Orthaheel Men's / Women's Kinetic Thong Sandals, US Women 8, US Men 9, Black/Gray
Orthaheel Men's / Women's Kinetic Thong Sandals, US Women 8, US Men 9, Black/Gray

I have to say that it took me about 2 weeks to get totally comfortable with these flip flops. The arch is quite imposing. However, now that I have been wearing them for awhile, I am sold on how much they help keeping the heel pain at bay.

If you read the customer reports at the Amazon store, you will see that there are others who have had the same thoughts.

 

Night Boot to Relieve Morning Heel Pain

One of the most common complaints of those with Plantar Facsiitis is that they have pain when they first get out of bed. I did have morning heel pain, but I got some relief by exercising my foot when I first stepped out of bed.

I simply did some calf stretches.

If I had discovered night splints before my pain started to subside, I probably would have purchased one. A night splint has been a literal life saver for many plantar fasciitis victims.

My friend recently went to the podiatrist who recommended a night splint. His results were immediate and life changing. He had reduced morning pain on the first day!

Foot Solutions, Alpharetta, GA
Foot Solutions, Alpharetta, GA | Source

Jose, My New BFF

Finding Someone Who Cares

Now that I was starting to feel some relief, I decided it was time to find shoes that would help speed up the process. Mind you, in the past, the first thing I looked for in a pair of shoes was the price tag. I knew I would be paying much more for a pair of shoes designed to help overcome foot problems.

I could not help but think about the times when I met people with foot problems in the past who had to wear specially made orthotic shoes. I remember thinking how distasteful those shoes looked (OK, I thought they were ugly). I was hoping I could find a shoe that did not look like the ones I envisioned from the past.

Again, some online research provided some direction and an idea about what I thought would help my problem. I had found some testimonials about Brooks Men's Addiction Walker Walking Shoe, so I looked for a local supplier where I could go try some on.

My search ended up at a place called Foot Solutions not far from my house in Alpharetta, GA. I mention this just in case you happen to live in that area. Please do yourself a favor and look up Jose at Foot Solutions.

When I entered the store, I was greeted by Jose. When he heard that I was there because of the plantar fasciitis heel pain in my left foot, he simply announced that I was in good hands. About 75% of the folks who darken his door come for the same reason, to discover the cause of heel pain and find relief.

Jose proceeded to spend at least an hour going over my situation by asking tons of questions. He was totally focused on me and trying to help me to get free of the heel pain. It was apparent that he knew what he was talking about, which put my mind at ease. And the fact that his goal is to help others find a treatment for plantar fasciitis also made the whole process comfortable for me.

By the time we were done, I had purchased a pair of shoes made by PW Minor. My own orthotic inserts were put into those shoes (he did not try to sell me his own brand of inserts), and I was instantly convinced that they would help me, just because of how well they felt on my feet.

Jose encouraged me to continue with the exercises I had begun to stretch out the plantar fascia, as well as keeping my feet totally supported at all times with the orthotic inserts, whether they were in my new PW Minor shoes or my kick-around slippers.

Brooks Men's Addiction Walker Walking Shoe,Brown Suede,12 D
Brooks Men's Addiction Walker Walking Shoe,Brown Suede,12 D

I have now added an excellent pair of walking shoes to my "foot toolkit"

 

I will tell you that the end of pain did not happen immediately, but it did happen. Over a period of several weeks, the pain diminished to the point that it is totally gone. There is an occasional twinge in the arch now, but the heel pain is a thing of the past.

Thanks to a loving wife who was willing to mention my needs at a Bible study, some folks who were willing to share their experiences and expertise online, and a man who cared enough about his chosen calling to help people like me, I am walking without heel pain.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very informative - plantar fasciitis isn't something you want to mess with. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Glad you got rid of this pain. I've been working on not going barefoot, but not doing so well at it.

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      jmatts1 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information, I've had trouble with plantar fasciitis in the past too and will try some of the advice you mentioned.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Have to give this info to my dad, who has plantar fasciitis.

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      @randomthings lm: Please do, then let me know if it helps him. Of course, it will take some time, but I'm betting it will give him some relief from his plantar fasciitis.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing. i would love to have those comfy flip-flops.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I'm glad you found relief for your plantar fasciitis ... my ex is plagued with this malady and thinks it impairs his golf game. I've had PF a time or two .... but I love the Orthaheel sandals that my foot doctor gifted me. They help tremendously.

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      mariablack7 5 years ago

      its awesome that without any help from podiatrist you were successful in curing your plantar fasciitis. My friend had same problem 3 months back, but he went to foot doctor & after full treatment he was able to cure it.

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      Shoe inserets and stretching cleared my plantar fasciitis up.

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      @sybil watson: Oh yes, they are definitely worth the money. I spent many years in south Florida so flip-flops have been part of my life. The Orthaheel sandals are really great.

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      very useful information, blessed!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Interesting to hear about your cure. I have suffered this condition for years and have found relief in just the opposite to what you have done. Orthodics make the pain much worse and expensive shoes were no help at all. In fact a cheap pair of joggers is the best and Rosehip Ultra has greatly eliminated the discomfort. i also walk a lot barefoot now to keep any pressure away from the sore spot. Tried the exercises, orthodics, expensive shoes, foot doctor, etc. Featured this on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013 and also on Heath Matters.

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      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      My husband has had this problem and treated it in a similar way, with some relief. But some of what you mentioned is new. Thanks for good information. *blessed*

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I am currently experiencing this! I'm probably known as the flip flop girl in our neighborhood ~ sad, but true! I am wrapping an ace wrist bandage around my instep (tight fit), and I am seeing great relief. I had this before, and there was an arch support I bought at Walmart, I believe, "Good Foot" something or other. It was purple for women. It took the pain away, and I would just put that insert in whatever shoe I was wearing. Once it went away, it didn't return until recently, that is, years later. I haven't been able to get the inserts yet, but I remembered an elderly neighbor who was advised by her doctor to "bind" her foot around the middle to help her out. I think she did get relief, and that is why I'm doing my quick help here, as I have lots of wrist braces around to use. So far, the wrist brace is doing the trick. I look forward to getting that insole, though, as that will work better, I think. Thanks for the update on this. It is a painful malady, and many people eventually get it and are bewildered about it. P.S. I'm a prayer warrior, too! SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      Yip, I have it too, and my Mother always told me to wear good shoes. Great lens, I've added it as a featured lens on my shoes for plantar fasciitis. Looks like I've found a few more brands.

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      Cured my Plantars with peripheral neuropathy treatment in less than 5 treatments.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and speaking about the solutions that worked for you. Our poor feet just don't get the respect they deserve.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I used to commute 4 hours a day and a big part of that was walking on hard pavement and concrete. Eventually I developed issues with plantar fasciitis. Doing the stretches helped my feet and heels big time. Changing my diet and taking away foods that caused inflammation in my whole body helped even more. Eventually it went away. :)

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: Commuting 4 hours is a bit harsh on all the limbs I would imagine. So glad you are free from this problem now, though.

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      kenweiss66 3 years ago

      I have no idea what Plantar Fasciitis is, but found your lens fascinating.

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      ramonabeckbritman 3 years ago

      It is very painful. I have come to the realization that having Plantar Fasciitis pain also has to do with being over weight. Our body allows us to be a little over weight, but, when we go over the allowed amount. That's when the body let's us know with pain! Heel pain, foot pain because the weight is just to much for those feet! I got mad at my husband for telling me this at first. I didn't want to admit that I was over weight. Not admitting wasn't helping my pain in my feet. I had to do something about it. So I changed my eating habit and started losing a few pounds and my feet stopped aching. I didn't need a special boot or shoes or bandages around my feet. Just had to lose a few pounds. Giving up my favorite cookies and most of everything else for a few weeks was well worth it. More ways than one. Your Lens is very helpful and having the correct shoes is very important.

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      Wayne Rasku 3 years ago

      @ramonabeckbritman: Thank you so much, Ramonaliona. Your experience will be helpful to many others.

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