You may not be the leader of the free world but you may be just like Obama when it comes to having painful feet. Obama’s most recent physical exam was stellar except for recurrent plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The President doesn’t just sit behind his desk. He spends a lot of time on his feet giving speeches, walking the length of the White House, and working out daily in his gym. His health report mentions use of Ibuprofen for his heel pain but we don’t know if he’s tried other treatments.
You’ve likely tried ibuprofen as well. Although ibuprofen is a great anti-inflammatory it’s only one small tool in an entire armory of methods that are usually needed to reduce the pain and eliminate plantar fasciitis. You may play basketball like Obama, are a runner, or play other sports. If so you’re at greater risk for developing heel pain and heel spurs--both conditions that can flare up when the body can’t tolerate the pounding and repetitive movement from physical activities.
So what else can be done to get rid of the pain?
After all like Obama you work out because of the tremendous health benefits and also because you feel so great as a result. You don’t want to stop your workout because of the stubborn foot pain.
Fortunately, there are many more avenues to ending foot pain than using ibuprofen that can greatly reduce the amount of time you need to spend off your feet. A comprehensive approach to treating plantar fasciitis usually includes several of the following: reduction of inflammation, resolution of calf tightness, improving foot mechanics, wearing the right shoes, and referral to physical therapy.
Home treatments to try include: icing (to reduce inflammation), taping (reduces pull on the plantar fascia), and stretching the calf muscle.