Do you have foot pain? If so, you’re not alone. Approximately 2 million people in the U.S. suﬀer from painful foot conditions like plantar fasciitis. If you’re ready to start feeling good on your feet, check out my top 3 secrets for getting rid of foot pain.
Plantar fasciitis is an issue in the fascia that supports the bones and tendons of the foot. How does this issue occur? The answer is multifaceted.
Let’s start by defining what fascia is. Fascia is the scientific name for connective tissue which is a 3-dimensional, fluid-based system that connects and supports our entire bodies. It is the only system in the body that is seamlessly connected from head to toe and skin to bone, and all of our body’s systems rely on the health of this system to do their jobs properly. The information from our brains to our bodies, and back to our brains, flows through this tissue and it plays a huge role in our proprioception (your body’s ability to know where it is in relation to the space around you) and stability.
Daily living causes this tissue to become chronically dehydrated, and can lead to arch issues, hip and postural instabilities and imbalances, causing conditions like plantar fasciitis. There are tiny muscles in the feet that support the arch and fascia that allows the elastic recoil (or springy buoyancy) to occur. Chronic dehydration in the tissue or stuck stress, can destabilize and alter the fine balance of stiﬀness to elasticity in the foot structures causing them to overstretch, flatten out or absorb too much body weight too fast. Here are my secrets to help stop this from happening.
- Stop looking at pain as the enemy. Pain in the body is information. Our bodies are always giving us feedback. And it’s our job to listen to that feedback and give our bodies what it’s asking for. So if you’re feeling pain, embrace it! Thank your body for the information and then practice good, consistent self-care so you can learn how to give it what it needs.
- Untuck your bed sheets! When you’re sleeping, the weight of your sheets and blankets can put your feet into a toe pointed position that can further shorten the tissues. This is one reason morning foot pain is usually at its worst. Wear socks and keep your feet out of the bottom of your blanket.
- Hone in on your overall stability. Oftentimes the root cause of our pain is far away from where you actually feel the pain. Learning how to assess your body for areas of stuck stress and instability is the first step to figuring out where the disfunction lies. I teach clients how to use special techniques like the MELT Method to hydrate their connective tissue and improve joint stability. These techniques are very eﬀective and you feel a diﬀerence in your body immediately!
Use these simple and easy tips to get out of foot pain for good!
Mishra Keller is Founder and Director of Nutrisults, a holistic wellness company.