Every morning when I wake up, there’s a pain in my right foot. It’s a muscular pain between the heel and the ball of my foot in the middle of the arch. It can be a dull pain when moving or stretching or it can hurt quite a bit. Sometimes it feels like something is burning or being stretched too far. Recently, I discovered this was a well-known issue called plantar fasciitis which is a kind of arthritis of the sole.
Most doctors recommend rest, but it’s done nothing for the issue and in fact, I’ve found it only improves with a good walk. How far to walk is a good question because it can vary from day to day, but once warmed up a bit, the muscles and tendons stretch, they start to move better and my foot goes back to normal. However, if I then spend some time with my feet up at home, the pain comes back again.
It’s clear that plantar fasciitis is here to stay for now, but it is quite easy to manage with a little massaging and some warm up exercises, and most of all, some good walking. Having learned all this, I’ve taken the time to put together some more information on plantar fasciitis, what it is, and how to walk it off.