Last time I talked about the top 5 things you could do if you are battling plantar fasciitis. If you missed it, check it out here. Today I want to give the top 5 things you should not do if you have plantar fasciits. I have found that often it is not what we do, but what we don't do that is causing us the pain. So here are the things I would recommend to not do.
WHAT NOT TO DO
So I know this seems silly, but how often we feel a pain in our feet, and we think nothing about it. It starts off gradually but it begins to get worse. Still we ignore the pain, trying to work through it, or think that it will go away on its own. So instead of actively trying to be pain-free we do absolutely nothing -and the pain gets worse.
- DON'T DO NOTHING
I know that you have goals that you are working on, and that each workout/run/session you are trying to push yourself harder and faster. The truth is, if you have plantar fasciitis this will only exacerbate the pain and stop healing from taking place. Instead, take a step back. Allow time for recovery. Pain is a signal that something is wrong. Take heed of pain so that your body can fix itself. That goal will still be there for you when you recover.
- DON'T OVER TRAIN
Maybe you are like me. When I get a sinus infection, for instance, I will often delay going to the doctor for weeks until it is so bad that I can't bear it anymore. By then I have usually been suffering, not gotten good sleep in a week, and felt miserable most of the days prior. With plantar fasciitis, the pain can get intense really fast. Although there are many things you can do on your own to help recovery; if those things are not helping, don't hesitate to go get help from a doctor. They are trained to diagnose this malady, and should be able to hear about your lifestyle and fit habits that might be leading to making your plantar fasciitis worse.
- DON'T AVOID GOING TO THE DOCTOR
Guys, you lucked out on this one! If you are a woman who has to wear heels to work, I would truly recommend bringing a very good pair of shoes to work, that you can throw on when you are at your desk. Heels stretch the heels so much that they definitely add to those micro-tears in the plantar fascia. Taking a break from heels even if for a few hours a day, will do nothing but help your feet start the recovery process. Better yet, be like my wife and find some really nice work shoes that do not have heels, but look just as professional and nice.
- DON'T WEAR HEELS
We often think of what we can do on the outside of our bodies that will help it recover quicker. But we totally forget that there are supplements and key nutrients that play a role in healing our bodies. I have not talked a lot about nutrients in the past, but getting the right nutrients in your body can really help to relax your tendons and plantar fascia tissue. I would recommend first, taking 500 mg of magnesium a day. You can also use the spray, and spray about 4 pumps onto your stomach or chest and let it absorb. Vitamin B5 is known to really help muscles relax, as well as, being sure you are taking some fish oil that has omega 3. Together they can help your muscles relax and speed up healing. I hope this was helpful to you. If you think of other things that you know we should avoid, please feel free to add them in the comments below. As always, stay healthy, so you can stay fit! Cheers, Drew
- DON'T FORGET TO SUPPLEMENT
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