I’m sad to say that Dr. Oz doesn’t offer a ton of information about my second chosen topic of the month – plantar fasciitis. I do have enough for at least this post though with things that I’ve learned from my chiropractor and have seen in some of Dr. Oz’s interviews. The following have provided me with modest relief from time to time from my symptoms:
-Ice – use an empty water bottle and fill it up 3/4 of the way. Use this at least twice a day rolling your foot over it
-Stretching – I’ve been really bad about it, but it did help. I’ve started again. Please use stretches from a physiotherapist or another medical professional
-Deep tissue massage – calves and the affected foot are the most important. It hurts, sometimes a lot, but it’s worth it
-Shockwave therapy – my chiropractor administers this and it seems to be one of the most effective things for me. If you have a low tolerance for pain, you may not love this. I’m willing to go through some short term discomfort to get rid of the long term pain. You can’t use anti-inflammatories (like ibuprofen) because the whole point is to cause re-inflammation
One piece of information that I did find from Dr. Oz was the importance of stretching BEFORE you get out of bed in the morning. I’m going to give this a try. I’m also, on the advice of my chiropractor, going to buy and wear a hot little number called a Strassburg Sock. It’s to keep tension on the plantar fascia,holding it in a stretched position so that mornings a little less painful and, hopefully it will speed up healing. Here is a picture (photo courtesy of atlasmedic.com) and yes, I’ll take one of me wearing it – I just hope it comes in pink or purple, maybe it will look a little prettier.