Plantar Fasciitis is a common athletic foot injury. While runners are most likely to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis , any athlete whose sport involves intensive use of the feet may be vulnerable. The risk of this injury increases in athletes who have a particularly high arch, or uneven leg length, though improper biomechanics of the athlete's gait and simple overuse tend to be the primary culprits. However, in the event that your plantar fasciitis is diagnosed as severe, here are other medical approaches, which you may undergo to alleviate pain and treat the foot area. Inspect your feet daily. Search for signs of blisters, cuts and scratches, which may be a favorable environment for microbes to grow. Immediately apply medication to affected areas after washing. Use foot powder and moisturizer if you think you need supplemental care for your skin. In addition, you have to inspect the shoes or slippers that you are about to wear and remove foreign materials. Extrinsic muscles of the foot are responsible for the movement of ankle and foot. Although they are in the leg, exercising their traction pulling the bony insertions of ankle and foot. Manage the movements of dorsiflexion, plantar flexion, investment and eversion of the foot. For people who are really in a bad way, the night splints can be effective. One thing to understand about plantar fasciitis pain is it becomes a recurrent problem and really becomes a little bit of a vicious cycle. The cycle occurs during the day. Someone will cause wear and tear on their plantar fascia at the insertion on the heal bone, and at night people's feet go limp. Their foot and leg are certainly not in the L position that they are through much of the day. This causes the plantar fascia to become relaxed similar to a relaxed rubber band. You can even stand on a ledge on your toes holding on for some support to keep your balance. Now with your toes on the ledge, drop your heel towards the ground. The muscles in back of your heel will stretch. Relax and continue stretching the heel towards the ground. Consult your physician before trying any of the stretches for plantar fasciitis. There are many pain killers, foot pads and night splints that the doctor may advice for treating the heel pain. Try these plantar fasciitis stretches and plantar fasciitis exercises early in the morning. With a little bit of patience, you will surely be cured of this painful condition. As a former plantar fasciitis sufferer, yes I did say former, I have learned a cheap fix for this special foot pain. I can sympathize with anyone who dreads those first few painful steps in the morning when you get out of bed. Sometimes it lingers longer than others. And sometimes the pain can rear its ugly head when you have been sitting for a while or any situation that your foot is not warmed up from use. You may have redness and/or swelling over the injured area. Feel for warmth. Check the inside edge of the arch of the foot and the inside back edge of the heel. The therapy is considered an art form by its practitioners. The MFR therapist not only takes in to consideration what they see in the patient's postural assessment but works directly with what they feel and sense from palpating and treating the body. However the facts are that myofascial restrictions can't be detected with standard medical imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs. In addition, there have been no published trials that have evaluated myofascial release therapy as a treatment for chronic back pain. For these reasons, myofascial release therapy for back pain is not widely accepted in the medical community. First check your shoes for too much midfoot flexibility and check your training for changes. A detailed evaluation of changes in your training is necessary. You should start with what is called "relative rest" which means a decrease in workout intensity, duration of session and decrease in the number of sessions per week. The most important part of self treatment for this condition is being sure that your shoes offer sufficient stability and are optimal in controlling the forces that contribute to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Check your running shoes to make sure that they are not excessively worn. This is vital! I have tried acupuncture, over the counter orthotics to support my arch, and heel wedges from CVS to create lift in my sneaker. I have tried to increase blood flow to my heel to ease the constant ache - massaging my foot shamelessly on airplanes and in restaurants. I carry a golf ball in my purse which I place under my foot under the dinner table and at the movies. I roll the ball under the arch and press onto the heel just like I was told to do by every single friend who has suffered from this relentless foot pain. Nothing is working. The plantar fascia is located at the bottom of your foot, and it is the tissue that connects the toes to your calcaneus (heel bone). Plantar fasciitis occurs when an individual has flat feet, too high of arches, gains a sudden amount of weight in a short period or time, is extremely obese, pulls the plantar fascia while exercising and/or has a tight Achilles tendon and calf muscles. Why does it hurt so badly? Having flat feet is a common condition with about 25 percent of the population having this disorder. The medical term for flat foot is "pes planus."