If you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain, you're probably already aware of several treatment options, including wearing podiatrist-recommended shoes, adding insoles to your shoes, sleeping with a night splint, and taking OTC pain relievers. But if you want to get instant relief after a long day on your feet, giving yourself a foot massage is another simple and non-invasive way to treat plantar fasciitis pain.Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a podiatric surgeon at City Podiatry in New York City, suggests a technique known as a cross-fiber massage to help treat plantar fasciitis. It's actually easy to do and is very effective in treating pain.
|Dr. Jacqueline Sutera
Dr. Sutera says that the ideal time do a foot massage is after a bath, shower, or foot soak because the foot tissues are already warmed up. First, apply a little bit of moisturizer or oil to your hands.Think of your foot as a tic-tac-toe board. Using medium-to-firm pressure, massage your foot along the full length of the arch from heel to toes. Then, go across the entire width of the arch. Massage each foot for about two minutes.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.