How to Finally Cure It
Are you tired of suffering? Are you sick of expensive or iffy plantar faciitis cures or solutions? Well, read on, friend, because I totally resolved my case (bilateral and severe), and I will teach you how to do it right here on this page.
Before I tell you how I beat mine (after a year of trying other things), please note that I am not a doctor or therapist. I’m just a guy who suffered way too long with Plantar Faciitis, and figured out a cure that worked for me. I hope and believe it will work for you, but there are no guarantees whatsoever. Deal?
After speaking to medical professionals, both M.D. and therapist branches, I got a picture of PF as an inflammation of the massive tendon that goes from your heel forward to the muscles that contract your toes, on the bottom of your foot. (No surprise — that’s exactly where it hurts, right?) It is apparently bursitis-like, except instead of the bursa up in your shoulder, it’s on the bottom of your foot, where every step can then stab like a hot knife.
The trick, I was told, was to de-inflame the tissue. I was told that limiting walking and on-your-feet activity, stretching out the foot, ibuprofen (since it’s an anti-inflammatory), and “golf-ball therapy” would help it go away.
Golf ball therapy, useless as it was, plus my conversation with another medical pro, a physical therapist, gave me my epiphany.
I was supposed to roll each foot on top of a golf ball, apparently to break down the excess tissue that kept the faciitis re-inflaming. Problem was, it hurt, and it didn’t make any noticeable difference, so after a few weeks, I quit doing it. I was still suffering, with no relief in sight.
Then a chance conversation with a physical therapist’s assistant put a weird idea in my head.
This PT guy said that they used specialized, flat, scraper tools to scrape the bottom of patients’ feet to break down that tissue. He said it was painful, but effective.
Well, I was already doing “painful” all day, every day, so I started thinking about how to apply their method at home. One day in the garage, I saw an ice scraper on a shelf, waiting for the cold season to come, when I would put it back into the car. I took said ice scraper back into my family room, kicked off my shoes, stretched the soles of my feet, sat down, and got started.
While sitting, i set the ice scraper on the fllow with its claw up and at a 45-degree angle towards the center. I pinned in there by stepping on it with my left foot. Then I started scraping my right foot along its edge, from arch to heel, and very gently at first.
Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt. What it did do was tickle mercilessly!
So, I increased the pressure. The tickling went away, but it did start to hurt a bit. It was bearable, though, and a lot less pain than the ineffectual golf ball had inflicted.
Long story short, after of few weeks of several-times-a-day stretching and scraping (together with daily ibuprofen), I experienced a marked reduction in plantar faciitis pain.
Frustratingly enough, though, the outside “rails” of the soles of my feet, and the backs of my heels, still hurt as much as ever. I realized that my scraping regimen never covered those areas, so I adjusted my method to include rolling out onto the outside of the sole of each foot as well as the flat, and to extent the scraping action clear off of the back of my heels. Sure enough, those areas started to feel much better within a surprisingly short time.
A couple of months later, with daily stretching, scraping, and ibuprofen, and I barely noticed my plantar faciitis at all! A few months after that, it was essentially gone. No pain.
So, if you have an ice scraper already, this solution is pretty much free — just the cost of ibuprofen.
Please note that I am not a medical professional. All I’ve done here is reveal what worked for me. I obviously cannot guarantee that it would work for you, or that it isn’t harmful in some way I didn’t realize or know about. I am obligated to tell you to consult with your own doctor before doing this. What I do know is that now I don’t hurt, and that nothing else worked.
All my best wishes for your speedy recovery.
Arlen Card, ex-plantar faciitis sufferer.