Plantar Fasciitis: My Aching Feet
Do you feel shooting pain through the heel of your foot when you step out of bed?
Does the pain go away after you are on your feet for a while?
Does the pain return after you have sat for a while only to return when you stand again?
You have Plantar Fasciitis.
So many nurses suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. I too had Plantar Fasciitis and tried everything. I tried:
- Those Gel pads for your shoes
- Many weeks of therapy with an orthopedic sports specialist
- Ultrasound treatments
- Hot packs
- Cold packs
- Shoes from the Good Feet store
- Even magnets in my shoes.
Joe, the Orthopedic Technologist at our hospital, stopped me in the parking lot of our hospital and asked why I was wearing a “Moon Boot.” When I told him, I had Plantar Fasciitis he said “I can fix that.” “No, you can’t” I said. “I’ve tried everything there is and it won’t go away.” Joe said, “Make an appointment in my office and I will guarantee I can fix that.” “OK” I said, thinking “why not, what do I have to lose?”
Joe explained to me at that appointment that stretching the Achilles Tendon was important but to stretch the Achilles Tendon one must not only stretch the ankle muscles and the calf muscles but very important to stretch the thigh muscles as well. To do that I must merely “touch my toes as many times as possible. The more I touched my toes either from a sitting position or standing position the faster the problem would resolve.” You don’t really have to ‘touch your toes,’ just stretch the back of your upper leg.Don’t believe me? There are many articles and science journals that support stretching as a relieve and maybe even the cure for Plantar Fasciitis.
I went home and began immediately. BINGO it worked. And worked that fast!! “Why in the world wouldn’t the Orthopedic Specialist know that?”
I’ve told so many nurses Joe’s Secret. So many nurses no longer have Plantar Fasciitis. According to the Brownmed blog, stretching exercises help relief the pain associated with connective tissues and Plantar Fasciitis because it keeps the foot limber and flexible.
I hope my story helps you, the reader, find relieve with your Plantar Fasciitis.
By Jane Carsrud, RN
Owner of Nurses Educational Opportunities
July 17, 2018