The most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia—the ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes—becomes strained. This can lead to pain in the heel or bottom of the foot, which tends to be most pronounced first thing in the morning.
Plantar fasciitis most commonly occurs in middle-aged people, but can also happen to younger individuals who spend a great deal of time on their feet—such as athletes, soldiers and those who run for leisure. To help alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis, the following are six methods that can be used.
1. Rest the Feet
Because the pain associated with plantar fasciitis is due to strain, one of the best ways to help relieve it is to allow the feet to rest. WebMD suggests limiting or entirely stopping any activities that are causing it, and to “avoid running or walking on hard surfaces, such as concrete.”
In one study mentioned by the American Academy of Family Physicians, 25 percent of patients with plantar fasciitis indicated that rest was the most effective treatment.