Plantar Fasciitis

How my husband eliminated it 

Plantar Fasciitis is an uncomfortable and painful condition that can last a very long time if it is not treated correctly.  Millions of people in the United States are affected every year, and many are at a loss about how to treat it.

It is important for me to share our experience with as many people as possible in the hope it can help anyone who is suffering.

We know people who have had not been able to get rid of plantar fasciitis and have had to wear special socks around the house for years.  We were determined to eliminate it and not be held a prisoner to this very painful condition.

Our research began online. We found many informative websites explaining what plantar fasciitis is, the symptoms, what causes it, and suggested treatment options.  After a lot of research, we came up with a solution that seemed to fit our situation, applied it relentlessly every day, and now my husband is totally free of this condition.  And it took only two months. This time frame will no doubt on a person to person basis.

My Husband’s symptoms:

  • Dull pain in the heel area which increased when standing on a hard surface.
  • A cyst-like ball/knot in the heel of the foot.
  • Unable to put any pressure on the ball of the foot when standing on any hard surface.
  • Increased pain in the morning after sleeping.

We found out that while sleeping, the plantar fascia was shortened due to the feet pointing downward.  This made perfect sense. No wonder after 7 or 8 hours of sleep the ligament was crunched up, making the pain worse upon waking and putting your feet on the floor.  He first tried sleeping with a right-angle foot brace but found it too uncomfortable.

So, we decided on some “upon-waking” and “end-of-day” therapy (at home).

Here’s how my Husband eliminated plantar fasciitis without drugs, visits to a therapist or surgery.

Step 1:  New flip-flops

He bought two (2) new pairs of plantar fasciitis sandals flip flops. One pair for indoors, and another for outdoors.  No more thin flip-flops (at least for a while)!  In order to begin the healing process, he needed to cushion the heel from any surface that would continue to irritate it, and it didn’t hurt to get some arch support at the same time as his feet are rather flat.  He still wears these flip-flops when standing on hard surfaces like kitchen tiles, concrete floors, etc. Even though his plantar fasciitis has gone, he chooses to wear them, so it doesn’t return. He can wear the thinner flip-flops now but tries to balance it out by giving the heels some cushioning whenever he can. After going through his ordeal, prevention is far better than the cure. We never want to go through this again!

Men’s Dockers Sport Flip-Flops

Inside the house:  He wore the dockers’ sports flip-flops inside the house on all hard surfaces for the full two-month healing period.  By the way, he still wears them on all hard-indoor floors.

Sports Flip Flop Sandals

Spenco Men’s Yumi Flip Flop Sandal

Outside the house: He wore the Spenco Men’s Yumi flip-flop sandals outdoors. He did because they provided good arch support for longer walking distances, as well as cushioning heel support. If you don’t have arch problems, you could use the dockers or any soft flip flops or sandals for both indoors and outdoors.

Flip Flop Sandals

Step 2:  Foot cream applied before bedtime at least every other night

He rubbed some GEHWOL FUSSKRAFT BLUE foot cream on both feet, even though only one foot suffered from PLANTAR FASCIITIS.  This really is an incredible foot cream.  It completely soothes your feet and almost instantly stops aches and pains, which is great for people who spend a large part of the day on their feet and experience foot pain when they finish their day. Another benefit is that it can help prevent infections, protect against foot odor and make cracked feet smooth again.  We are so impressed with this product that we will continue using it, as long as we can buy it.  My husband’s cracked heels have completely healed up and are silky smooth after using this cream for only two weeks.

foot cream for dry skin

Step 3:    Stretching

As with all exercise, please check with your doctor or medical professional to see if any particular exercise is right for you.

Immediately, upon waking he performs two (2) basic stretches.

Stretch 1:  Gastroc stretch – one straight knee, one bent knee
Stretch 2:  Soleus stretch – both knees bent

Each stretch is held for about 30 seconds and is performed three times in a row.
So it is … stretch … release … stretch … release … stretch … release.

Do not bounce back and forth. Be gentle and take it slowly.  Do not overstretch.

My husband does these two (2) stretches for both feet even though only one foot had the PLANTAR FASCIITIS condition. He even does the stretches during the day as part of his normal exercise routine too, just for good measure.

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Note:  There is another stretch recommended for the PLANTAR FASCIITIS condition called the Flexor Hallicus Longus stretch, where toes are placed against a wall or vertical object.  Please check online if you wish to add this stretch to your routine.  Although my husband did not use this stretch as part of his routine it is possible that it could help another person’s condition.  It is recommended by numerous websites.

I really hope that this helps some people out who are suffering from PLANTAR FASCIITIS.  It worked very well for us and if it helps just one person, that’s a lot of pain eliminated.

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