Hey everyone today I’d like to talk to you about what I consider to be the most common foot discomfort that nurses tend to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis pain and how to cure Plantar Fasciitis. It is more common than you may think for members of our profession inclusive of doctors, nurses, HCA’s and porters to suffer from this extremely painful condition. This is mainly due to the pressures and stresses we put on our feet and bodies for prolonged periods of time on a daily basis.
Plantar Fasciitis – What is it and why does it occur
The Plantar Fascia is a band of tissue that runs from your toe/ball area of the bottom of your foot to the heel of your foot. This is the area of the foot that gets affected the most from the everyday stresses and demands of our jobs. This condition is classed as an over-use injury which is why it is so common in nurses, athletes, runners, waiting staff and other people where their job requires them to be on their feet all day.
Plantar Fasciitis is usually caused by a tear or some deformation of this band of tissue. It can be extremely painful and usually starts off as mild irritation and then becomes inflamed and it will, if left to progress, turn into a very painful condition.
This area of the foot doesn’t receive the best blood supply which can cause Plantar Fasciitis to develop over a long period of time. As this condition is developing you may not notice any pain or discomfort straight away, but once it is noticeable it will cause a great deal of discomfort and pain. This condition can take a long time to heal.
Please don’t panic though as their are plenty of simple steps you can take to help yourself and I will cover these next.
Help Yourself – How to cure Plantar Fasciitis
This is one of those conditions that the earlier it is recognized and you take action to help yourself, the faster it will heal and you will find some relief. The longer this is left to develop, it will take much longer to heal.
1. Plenty of Rest
If your pain and discomfort has been caused by over-use then it makes sense that rest is a major factor in the recovery of this condition. The body is an amazing self healer and always does it’s best healing when at rest or asleep. When at rest it’s always best to keep the foot elevated and massage the foot to keep the muscles and tissue relaxed. Doing this will boost your recovery.
2. Stretching Exercises
There are exercises you can incorporate into your daily life and routine that will help your foot to heal and then once healed if you do them on a daily basis they will act as a preventative measure and keep Plantar Fasciitis at bay and lessen the chances of it returning especially when combined with the correct footwear.
3. The right nurses shoes – Arch support and cushioning
It is Imperative that you wear the correct shoes for your shape of foot and that fit your requirements when it comes to support and cushioning (especially if you have a high arched foot). When relaxing at home try not to walk around with bare feet or just wearing socks. This is offering your foot no support and can put the bottom of your foot under even more stress. Wear something with arch support. You can get orthotic sandals and slippers that will accomplish this for you.
I find that athletic shoes have helped me and my husband peter to get through our work day, Peter also has an orthotic insert as he has a high arched foot. I have previously posted reviews on the best shoes for nurses for both women’s and men’s shoes. Please check them out on the following links.
4. Taking care of your feet – Ice packs, Foot spa and pain relief
My Husband Peter is religious about using the massaging foot spa that we got for him when he first started to get Plantar Fasciitis. It helps the muscles in the foot to relax and he finds it very comforting. Straight after using the spa he does the ball/bottle roll foot stretching exercise, then uses an ice pack on the bottom of his foot for around fifteen minutes. Whilst using the ice pack you must ensure that it is right in the arch of the foot. (If you are finding that the ice pack is unbearable and too cold wrap it in a thin towel) This will aid and boost the foots recovery after being on your feet all day.
Do not be a Martyr and soldier on through the pain. Make use of pain relief in the form of anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen as these will help any swelling reduce and provide you with some relief. Rest as much as you can and keep the foot elevated by placing a cushion/pillow under the knee and foot. I would also recommend you steer clear of doing too much exercise whilst you have this condition as it could make matters worse.
If this persists – Seek medical advice
Plantar Fasciitis is a generic term that is generally used to cover most types of pain in the bottom of the foot until further investigations are made. If you’ve tried to relieve and alleviate this pain and discomfort with the methods I have described today and you are not feeling like you are improving then it’s time to consult your doctor who will examine you and make sure it is Plantar Fasciitis and not something else. I will say though that this type of pain, in that part of the foot will generally be Plantar Fasciitis most of the time.
Remember Rest, Stretch, Right Shoes, Foot Care and pain Relief
There are some other foot problems such as Bunions, Corns and Calluses, Blisters, Athletes foot and ingrowing toe nails that are common in nurses, runners and people on their feet all day. I will be researching these and covering them in a post very soon. Today I wanted to focus on Plantar Fasciitis as in my experience and research this tends to be the most common condition nurses suffer with. I came to this conclusion after speaking to many colleagues and friends, researching this subject for a while now and through the personal experience of myself and my Husband Peter.
I really do hope this has been of some benefit to you today. I can’t stress enough to you, how important it is to incorporate stretching exercises and wearing the right shoe that will provide you with the correct support and cushioning for your feet which in turn will also help your legs and lower back. It is also important to use the foot care and pain relief methods I have previously talked about.
If you can do all of these things you will notice such a difference and improvement in your general health and standard of life, as being constantly in pain is so physically and emotionally draining.
That’s it for today, I hope this has been of some use to you. If you have any questions or just need a hand with something, please leave a comment in the box or e-mail me at email@example.com and I will do my best to help you.
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