My life is built around routines, and most of them I do first thing in the morning.
My dog always howls at least 15 minutes before the alarm goes off (no matter how early I set it to beat his morning mantra). I gaze at the blurry numbers on the clock. Sigh, then step down on one foot and wait for the pain to stop. Then I set down the other and take a few hobbles that encourage blood flow back to my feet so that they remember I’m an awake human being.
At first, I thought the pain was because Florida tile is unfriendly and frozen no matter how hot it is outside. Then, when tile was replaced by wood, I wondered if the wood was harder on my feet so I added a pair of house slippers to pad my feed. But, when the slippers didn’t help and only walking would do, I did a bit of research and found this thing called “plantar fasciitis’.
Plantar pain happens when your Achilles tendon, the fibers that wrap themselves around your calf and run down the base of your heel tear. Both runners and walkers and people who don’t exercise at all, but struggle with weight issues can get them. They aren’t caused by bone spurs, and most of the time a person with fascia pain won’t have spurs on their feet, too.
How do you get plantar fasciitis? Uneven surfaces walked on with bare feet are the biggest culprits. But running on harsh terrains with worn down padding on athletic shoes can contribute to their development too.
The biggest sign that your pain is caused by plantar fasciitis vs bone spurs is the soreness starts first thing in the morning, but once you move around and the blood flows down to your heel, the pain starts to go away. In fact, a comfortable pair of shoes and active feet can improve the symptoms and make them lesson. Plantar fasciitis pain can go away on its own with rest and proper stretching. Some patients with extreme cases can require surgery, but physical therapy is the first medical treatment to heal it too.
Untreated, ignored or continuing to ignore your pain and not give your feet the TLC it needs can increase the number of tears your feet feel. Best at home treatments include resting and elevating your feet; ice compacts with an anti-inflammatory, and a good set of shoes with supportive soles.