When you have plantar fasciitis heel pain then your foot needs your help to recover. Here are some great foot care tips from real plantar fasciitis sufferers:
First, never walk barefoot on hard surfaces. That will only make the heel pain worse.
Always choose shoes with well-cushioned heels and a good arch support. A laced sports shoe is best for doing daily ‘running around”; shopping, doing household chores, and just daily living when dress shoes are not required. Never go bare foot around the house; wear some support and don’t wear sandals.
Get rid of the old or worn-out shoes in your closet because they cannot give a good support cushion to your heel and will only aggravate you condition and delay full recovery.
There are many types of pads and shoe inserts to cushion the heel and support the arch of your foot. Most work the same way, and work best if you put them in your shoes at all times. The aim is to raise your heel by about ¼ inch.
If your heel is tender, cut a small hole in the heel pad at the site of the tender spot. This means that the tender part of your heel will not touch anything inside your shoe. Place the inserts or pads in both shoes, even if you only have pain in one foot (to avoid uneven footing).
And the most important thing is for you to faithfully follow your doctor’s treatment plan; when a doctor tells you that you must do 3 towel stretches a day it not alright to skip a day because you are just to busy.
Most doctors prescribe wearing a night brace to alleviate the sharp morning heel pain of your “first step”. That’s because a night brace pre-stretches your plantar fascia. The Stretch-Away Plantar Fasciitis Night Brace is specifically designed to be comfortable, while being effective, for sleeping. Easy to use and avoid getting the morning heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.