Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. It is pain and inflammation of thick tissue, called the plantar fascia. The fascia spans the bottom of the foot and connects your toes to your heel bone.
The pain most often occurs first thing in the morning after getting out of bed and includes stabbing pain that normally lessens after normal daily activity. It is most common in runners or overweight people. Pain relievers, physical therapy, night splints or orthotics may help improve plantar fasciitis.
Contrast therapy is highly recommended by doctors to offer relief to plantar fasciitis patients. This therapy includes alternating hot and cold baths. The best product to achieve this therapy in an efficient and cost effective way is the AnkleAid. The product is inexpensive and the perfect size to be able to utilize two AnkleAid’s in a small space.
Plantar fasciitis is thickening of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue running underneath the sole of the foot.
Normally the majority of people who suffer from Plantar fasciitis are:
- Runners (especially distance runners)
- On their feet for several hours each day
- Have medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
Plantar fasciitis can be treated many ways. Rest is critical. If possible, stop daily activities that are causing your heel pain. Wear shoes with good cushion and the right arch support for your foot such as running shoes.
A great way to treat plantar fasciitis is to use contrast therapy also known as "hot/cold immersion therapy." One of the easiest ways to treat yourself with contrast therapy is by using 2 AnkleAids.
- Start by immersing your foot for 3 minutes in the hot water filled AnkleAid.
- Then immerse in the cold water filled AnkleAid for 1 minute.
- Repeat these steps 4 to 5 times.
The AnkleAid is designed to allow your feet to sit comfortably with a slight stretch, making sure that you get the best treatment possible. AnkleAid can be also be used to treat sprained and broken ankles, Achilles injuries, and even elbow injuries.
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