A Pain in the Foot

It felt the way I imagine a knife driving into the bottom of my foot would feel every time I took a step. It was the most intense first thing in the morning when I would roll out of bed and my feet hit the floor for the first time that day. The shooting pain was hard to ignore.

It’s called Plantar Fasciitis and it hurts!

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, or main ligament on the bottom of the foot. It is caused by strain and due to the strategic location and function of the heel it becomes an area vulnerable to damage, injury and pain.

How long does it last?

I’ve had it twice now and in both cases it lasted a very long time. It was several months of hobbling around every time I resumed activity after a period of rest. That is when the pain of plantar fasciitis is the most intense. It tends to lessen with continued motion, almost like it’s warming up. The end of the day can be particularly tricky as well depending on the amount of standing, walking and other activities you may engage in. The area becomes aggravated and more inflamed and will demonstrate itself with pain at the end of the day. It doesn’t have to be like this. It doesn’t have to last long if you experience plantar fasciitis at all.

Will I heal from plantar fasciitis?

I had had enough of coping with plantar fasciitis when I visited the Czech Republic-a dream come true experience. It was cool, wet weather when we were there and Europe is known for gorgeous rolling hills and cobblestone streets (hello slippery & rocky roads that are hard on the feet!). I walked for hours there enjoying all that Prague has to offer but it wasn’t without the pain in my foot and realized it was time to take massive action. I mapped out a plan to heal from plantar fasciitis and I worked at it diligently every single day. I began noticing improvements right away and within a couple of weeks I could walk without the stabbing pain of plantar fasciitis.