Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick tissues in the heel. It can be very painful – I’ve had it twice. The pain can last for weeks to months. This can be a real setback, because walking is painful; less exercise facilitates weight gain.
The pain is particularly bad first thing the morning when awakening.
A few things can be done:
- Wear shoe inserts, including orthotics that raise the arches
- Wear sneakers (or rubber soled shoes)
- Sleep in splints that keep the foot from flexing too much
- Take anti-inflammatory medicines (like Aleve or Advil) before bed
- And, of course… Lose weight!
Losing just 10 lbs, though, can seriously lessen the pressure on one’s heels, knees, and hips.
BTW, this is an injury that happens to some basketball players. Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan have had to sit out of games because of plantar fasciitis. While they undoubtedly got the injuries from jumping and landing on the hardwood, I have no such excuse.
I have not had these problems again since losing the weight.