Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
Plantar fasciitis is no joke, and it can be painful and annoying. It can affect your ability to do the things that you enjoy. I should know, as I was diagnosed with it when I was in my early 20s, which is uncommon, as plantar fasciitis is often seen in people aged 40 to 60. Back then, I was given only a few options for treatment and was able to eventually overcome it to the point of having minor flare-ups after long periods on my feet. Nowadays, there are a lot more products and plantar fasciitis treatments.
Below I have compiled a list of the best treatments that you can use to help combat your plantar fasciitis.
1. NormaTech 3 Legs
NormaTech 3 Legs recovery boots use what is known as air compression technology to help reduce muscle pain caused by physical activity. They are commonly used by professional athletes to help speed up the recovery process from intense physical activity and to help with injury prevention.
The NormaTech boot can help with heel pain, as it will use different levels of air compression to basically massage the foot. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, it showed that patients who used air compression boots, like the NormaTech 3, had reduced heel pain.
While this is great news, there is also a big con to the NormaTech devices. They are quite expensive, starting at $799 USD. The other con is that this is just one of many things that can be used to help alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis and you will still have to invest in other materials to see any long-term improvements.
Another company that offers air compression recovery boots is Therabody. Therabody’s air compression boots are called RecoveryAir and are priced about the same as the NormaTech recovery boots, at $899 USD. Along with that, the downfall of the RecoveryAir is the same as the NormaTech, so you will still have to invest in other items to see long-term improvements.
3. Clinic Air Compression Boots
As you now know, air compression boots are quite expensive to purchase right out. However, there are a lot of clinics that offer the use of an air compression boot for a small fee. This treatment is often offered by physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics as an add-on to their services. If you don’t want to buy a compression boot but would like to try it out and see if it will help with your plantar fasciitis, finding a local clinic that offers this as a service is possible.
Another less expensive option to treat your plantar fasciitis is to use a massage gun, such as Theragun. Like the air compression boots, massage guns can help to massage out your plantar fascia. They use vibrations to help stretch out and loosen the fascial tissue, which can help with relieving pain and discomfort.
If used on a consistent basis, it can help to alleviate plantar fasciitis almost entirely in three to six months. While this is a more affordable option (you can buy the mini version of the Theragun for under $200 USD), you will still need to examine your lifestyle and make improvements to your footwear. You may also need to incorporate other exercises if you want to see vast improvements in your condition.
5. Dr. Scholl’s Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis
One of the biggest contributors to plantar fasciitis is wearing shoes without the proper foot support. If you are a very active person who is constantly on their feet, using insoles can make a vast difference in the condition of your feet.
Dr. Scholl’s makes a great insole specifically for plantar fasciitis. These insoles provide support for both the arch of your foot and your heel, which can help with the dreaded heel pain associated with the condition. The insoles can be trimmed to fit your shoe and they are clinically tested.
Finally, these insoles are inexpensive and can be bought on Amazon for $13.95. Their only downfall is that the women’s insoles have been found to be a little bit thinner than the men’s.
6. Nurse Mates Compression Socks
Compression socks are used to help with the inflammation and swelling in the irritated tissue of the bottom of your foot. Like any of the other products I have already mentioned, using them alone will not rid you of your plantar fasciitis but they can help with the pain and reduce further wear and tear to the bottom of your foot.
Nurse Mates has affordable compression socks that your can buy from Walmart. Compression socks are great because they are inexpensive, reduce inflammation and swelling and provide arch support. You can use compression socks along with orthotics or insoles too. The one big downfall is that sometimes they are bulkier and may not feel comfortable in your shoes.
These are all great products that can help you to reduce pain and treat your plantar fasciitis. If used in combination frequently along with any directions from your doctor, you should see improvements within three to six months. However, if you do find your symptoms are not improving after six months, you should always consult your doctor further.