On July 12, the Literacy Center of Milford is hosting a special 5K—the Neon Nightrun. The event will raise money to support the center’s literacy programs, which serve both children and adults in our community. This run/walk event is a great one for anyone new to running or just looking for their next race. You may have a hard time if you have plantar fasciitis, though. The sharp heel pain could keep you from enjoying your evening. However, some quick self-massage heel pain relief may be all you need to hit the track.
Self-massages are a simple way to stretch out tightened tissues. Plantar fasciitis, the most common source of heel pain, involves a stiff and tight connective tissue in the sole of your foot. Massaging this ligament helps it to relax and loosen, reducing your discomfort. It also stimulates blood flow, which can help the healing process.
Massaging your plantar fascia band can be simple. One easy technique is to roll a round object, like a golf ball, underneath your sole. Place the ball on the ground and gently roll it in all directions with the bottom of your foot. If a golf ball feels too small, try a water bottle—especially one that has been frozen.
You can also self-massage heel pain relief with your hands. After stretching your sole, carefully push against the bottom of your foot with your thumbs, particularly under the arch and near the heel.
As you work through the sole of your foot, remember that pain does not mean you are getting a better massage. If your foot hurts, you are pressing too hard. You want to relieve your discomfort, not add damage to your ligament.
Regular massages provide the relief you need when your heels ache. They help you stretch out your connective tissues and improve blood flow to the injury. You may still need other treatments to manage your condition, though.
Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. here in Milford and Hamden, CT, for an appointment to care for your heels. Use the online request form or call us: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.