OUCH! Foot discomfort is a typical issue suffered by all ages of grownups. Today, making it through the day is difficult enough; unpleasant feet will only make it tougher. If you find yourself with foot discomfort when attempting to achieve your day-to-day routine, you may wish to explore arc supports. If you are on your feet for extended periods of time, you need a pair of shoes that is pleasing to your feet. Absence of arc support can lead to fallen arcs and too much fabricated arc can cause just as much discomfort as having insufficient arc support. So, what is the very best arch support? - attempt experimenting. I finally gave in to trying to fix this problem on my own and went to a Podiatrist. I know, I know - don't lecture me - but at least I went. He fixed me up with a temporary orthotic and told me that nothing would improve until I stopped walking on it. Really ? He urged me to do my best. This seemed impossible. What was not impossible was his suggestion to wear heels. Wow, now this sounded like fun! At almost 5 foot 8, I rarely wear heels. Shoe shopping was to be my prescription drug. I was down with that. Excessive walking in footwear which does not provide adequate arch support has been attributed to plantar fasciitis. In addition, overweight individuals are more at risk of developing the condition due to the excess weight impacting on the foot. Rest until it is not painful. It can be very difficult to rest the foot as most people will be on their feet during the day for work. By walking on the painful foot you are continually aggravating the injury and increasing inflammation. Rest as much as possible and stop any unnecessary activities which place additional stress on the fascia. is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, a connective tissue that provides support to the arch of the foot. The painful condition tends to develop gradually due to repetitive stretching and tearing causing irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis usually affects one foot only, while the pain in the heel of the foot tends to be the worst within the very first steps after getting up of the bed or prolonged seated position. Some people may experience pain due to plantar fasciitis in both feet simultaneously. Those most at risk of plantar fasciitis are athletes, individuals who have active jobs and those over forty years old. In cases where the pain persists, or is severe, Plantar Fasciitis can be treated with a cortisone-steroid injection into the heel. However, this is only a short term fix and the pain will return within 3 months. A newer treatment for Plantar Fasciitis (instituted prior to surgery) is electrocorporeal shock wave therapy. In this procedure, an instrument administers pulses of energy (shock waves) to your heel to relieve pain. Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the bottom of the heel. The plantar fascia is a thin ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot It supports the arch in your foot and is important in helping you walk. Research in America, Europe and Australia has clearly proven that wearing an orthotic insole is the best way to treat Plantar Fasciitis, especially when combined with daily exercises. However, it must be noted that this treatment regime is mostly effective for people who have started to notice heel pain recently (i.e. no longer than 6-8 weeks ago)l or for people who only suffer mild Plantar Fasciitis pain. Icing after running can also be helpful. But long term use of ice only serves to mask the pain. Ice used in chronic conditions can quite possibly slow healing by decreasing the blood flow to the injured area. In the images below the shoe on the left demonstrates a shoe that flexes at the correct part of the sole. The shoe in the image on the right flexes too far back on the foot. Varying areas of flexion that are too far proximal (back towards the heel) often line up with the tender part of the foot. Make sure your shoe bends at the ball of the foot. Keep in mind the other symptoms or the presence of other disorders to possibly be the cause of the heel pain. Seronegative arthropathies such as IBS, Reiter's disease, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and other conditions may cause heel pain. Fibromyalgia Take a wide belt and hold one end in each hand. Place the center of the belt over the ball of the foot. With your knee straight, pull your ankle back toward you using the belt and the muscle on the front of your leg. Think about reverse stretching your arch. Pull back and hold for ten seconds. Relax and repeat for five to ten minutes. Sit on the chair and place the chilled can of juice on the floor in front of you at a comfortable distance. Do not put it too far away from you or else you might end up straining the muscle more. The human body is one of the greatest wonders that you will ever find in this world. It is amazing how it develops from the union of the sperm and egg cell. However, one must not forget that all has its limitations and so is the human body. It is true that human's physique is magnificent but you must also not abuse it because there will be consequences if you do strain your body too much. This is why exercises for plantar fasciitis are excellent to help you cope with this foot condition.