Plantar fasciitis is a popular issue among runners that prevent them from having a healthy running life. The treatment for this issue has been one of the hot topics. In previous articles, I mentioned the best running shoes as well as the best insoles to treat plantar fasciitis. And if you want to understand more clearly about symptoms and causes of plantar fasciitis, you can refer to these articles. Today, I would like to talk about the tools you can use as one of the best treatment for this foot issue with cheaper price than buying running shoes for Plantar fasciitis (PF).
- 1 16 Tools for Treating Plantar Fasciitis
- 1.1 1. WalkFit Platinum Inserts
- 1.2 2. KT TAPE PRO
- 1.3 3. Zensah PF Compression Sleeve
- 1.4 4. Golf Ball
- 1.5 5. 30-Quart Plastic Box
- 1.6 6. Elgin Archxerciser Foot Exerciser
- 1.7 7. Yamuna Body Rolling Foot Saver Kit
- 1.8 8. Body Back Company's Foot Therapy Combo: Wooden Foot Roller and Blue Porcupine Massage Ball Bundle
- 1.9 9. Thera Cane Massager
- 1.10 10. HTP Plantar Fasciitis Heel Seats
- 1.11 11. Healthy Toes Toe Stretchers
- 1.12 12. Moji 360 foot massager
- 1.13 13. BRD Sport Ankle Plantar Fasciitis Brace
- 1.14 14. Strassburg Sock
- 1.15 15. Icy Feet
- 1.16 16. Plantar Fascitis Night Splint
16 Tools for Treating Plantar Fasciitis
1. WalkFit Platinum Inserts
The inserts will help you lessen pain as well as take stability and comfort to the next level because they provide you with needed advanced cushioning and shock absorption. They are good complement for worn-out shoes, which are also a main cause of plantar fasciitis. WalkFit Platinum is the best choice among many inserts on the market. Moreover, WalkFit Platinum Inserts help realign your pelvic and spine area to reduce hip, knee and lower back pain. Once your feet have been adjusted to the WalkFit inserts, I’m sure that you will get a noticeable increase in foot comfort and support.
2. KT TAPE PRO
KT Tape will not cure your PF but this strong, elastic athletic tape is a great tool to relieve pain caused by PF and give you extra support to muscles and joints that enhance your athletic performance. And with these supports, it is very helpful in preventing and treating other hundreds of sports injuries. The synthetic fibers used in this type of tape are designed with a larger elastic core. KT Tape Pro works harder and lasts longer to keep you in sport. Besides, KT TAPE PRO features quicker drying fibers, a stronger adhesive, and a reflective pattern for enhanced safety when running in lack of light places. Healthcare professionals have used this tool for over thirty years. In the KT Tape line, there are also other supportive tapes with different benefits such as KT Flex specifically made for knees support or KT Recovery+ for reducing swelling and inflammation.
3. Zensah PF Compression Sleeve
You should add Zensah PF Compression Sleeve into your plantar fasciitis kit. The sleeve stabilizes the fascia and helps reduce plantar Fasciitis pain through its unique 3D Geo technology and t-band compression. The 3D Geo technology provides pinpoint compression to reduce heel and arch pain while the t-band compression lifts the plantar fascia and stretches it.
Moreover, targeted compression also improves circulation that can help reduce swelling. It is very easy, convenient, and comfy. The sleeve is more packable than orthotics when you’re on the go. Additionally, your feet always stay odorless due to silver ions woven into the fabric. The breathable mesh is strategically placed to avoid pinching from the plantar Fasciitis sleeve. In terms of quality, it is made in the USA and designed to last longer than other sleeves on the market.
4. Golf Ball
I’m sure that there is very few people know to use golf ball as a tool to treat PF. But in fact, this simple tool works very effectively in treating this popular foot issue. When your foot feels a little stiff or tight, you just make a roll for instant relief. It is very easy and cheap to buy a golf ball.
5. 30-Quart Plastic Box
As we know that icing hurt area is a quick solution for relieving the pain caused by most types of injury. With plantar fasciitis pain, you can also apply this. 30-Quart Plastic Bucket is a useful tool for you to ice your pain feet. It is wide enough to contain both feet side by side. Fill cold tap water into the box above the ankles, drop in there one or two trays of ice cubes to soak your feet completely.
6. Elgin Archxerciser Foot Exerciser
This tool is very useful in treating a variety of common foot ailments including heel spur syndrome and plantar fasciitis. Specifically, this device helps strengthen your arch and toes, which is very important in healing plantar fasciitis. This machine is designed based on the ‘towel crunches’ exercise with a bit more range of motion. This is not a quick treatment, but you will see an improvement. Besides, it is also useful for treating the foot and ankle after surgery and works as a preventative aid against pained feet for people who often stand for long periods.
7. Yamuna Body Rolling Foot Saver Kit
These plastic half spheres are good foot massage tools and help fix foot problems especially for plantar fasciitis. They improve alignment, gait, posture and muscle tone, realign lower body, strengthen arches, stimulate reflexology points, increase range of motion, elongate and stimulate the muscles of the calves, hips, thighs, and lower back. Yamuna body rolling foot saver foot saver kit often includes two Foot Saver spheres and an instruction DVD. The instruction is written very carefully and the DVD is very clear. If you wear socks when using these, pull your socks up to avoid slipping off of the ball because of socks loosing. But if you use these with barefoot, they can stick to your feet so you should be more patient in changing poses.
8. Body Back Company's Foot Therapy Combo: Wooden Foot Roller and Blue Porcupine Massage Ball Bundle
Doctors recommend this combo for treating Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs. It offers you two lightweight and portable tools to use at home, work or on the road. Your feet have the highest concentration of nerve on your body. A regular foot massage can improve your general health. The Wooden Foot Roller Massager promotes blood flow, releases tension and provides a deep tissue massage for the plantar fascia to sooth your tired and sore feet, making your whole body feel good. Additionally, Porcupine Massage Ball is designed with hundreds of sensory nodes to help massage pained points on your feet.
9. Thera Cane Massager
Thera Cane Massager is a simple but effective self- massager, which is very useful in easing your pains and aches like one caused by plantar fasciitis. With this tool, it is easier to apply pain-relieving deep compression directly to knots, hard trigger points breaking up tension even in the hard to reach muscle areas. This tool adds pressure to the muscles in order to help maximize the flow of oxygenated blood and support restore muscle function to make it work more efficiently. This is an ideal tool after strenuous activities or long workdays.
10. HTP Plantar Fasciitis Heel Seats
This tool provides the right amount of support through applying localized acupressure directly on the heel pain hot spot for maximum comfort without affecting the fit of the shoes. It is very effective in treating plantar fasciitis. Insert them in your casual shoes (See more: Best shoes for plantar fasciitis) . Firstly, the heel seats in your shoes may seem a little uncomfortable and they felt like “popsicle stick” across my arch. However, it wasn’t painful. This tool is not recommended for people with poor circulation or diabetes. You can wash them by hand with mild, soapy water and then air dry.
11. Healthy Toes Toe Stretchers
The Healthy toes work to heal, beautify and strengthen your feet through improving stamina, posture, and foot reaction time. Additionally, they also correct misalignments of cartilage, bone and tissue. These Toe Stretchers are placed in the space between toes while you relax to open your circulation. Besides plantar Fascia, this tool can be useful for many foot conditions such as Bunions, Hammer Toe, Sciatica, Achilles tendon, Arches, varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis. The more you wear them the quicker you will notice improvement in shape and strength of your feet.
12. Moji 360 foot massager
Continue developing the benefits of the balls in massaging the foot, Moji 360 foot massager includes Dual-zone technology. Smaller balls are useful in massaging plantar fascia while larger balls are perfect for massaging the arch, and can also make a deeper massage along the foot. It helps reduce foot pain immediately and is one of the best effective treatments for PF through massaging and stretching the entire plantar fascia. In short, Moji 360 foot massager is indeed an effective preventative strategy and remedy for treating plantar fasciitis
13. BRD Sport Ankle Plantar Fasciitis Brace
This has a strap wrapping around your midfoot, adjust this arch strap to modify amount of support. This brace can help decrease swelling, inflammation and reduce pain caused by acute heel and chronic arch pain, which is associated with Plantar Fasciitis. Besides, it also places your ankle in proper anatomical alignment. Wear it with your shoes, but don’t sleep in it. Note that brace size is NOT relied on shoe size so you should follow sizing and measuring information to order the correct size.
14. Strassburg Sock
The Strassburg Sock keeps a slightly fascia stretch during your sleep to increase flexibility as well as reduce pain of your first steps in the morning without interrupting normal sleep, if you wear it as directed. It doesn’t lock the ankle into any position that allows movement between different joints to avoid possible joint compression pain. There are some things that you should keep in mind when wearing STRASSBURG SOCK to get the best support. You should not tighten the calf straps too much and keep it away from your knees at least one inch in order to avoid pinching, and you should remember to tighten the toe strap to keep your foot at a right angle from your calves.
15. Icy Feet
Icy Feet is a really good stool for you if you are suffering from arches, painful feet or tendons caused by plantar fasciitis. It can stay frozen for a long time to relieve pain from foot ailments. Besides PF, this tool can also help treat muscle strains, inflammation, bone spurs, cramping, throbbing bruised sesamoids, heel spurs and more. It is easy to use and clean.
16. Plantar Fascitis Night Splint
Another tool I want to introduce to you is night splint. This is always highly chosen by runners who suffer from PF because of its helpfulness in reducing pain in the heel and arch area. I wrote an article about the best night splints for plantar fasciitis so you can check and choose the one for your foot.
Above tools are popularly used among plantar fasciitis runners. They often combine many tools together to have the best and quicker improvement for their issues. Instead of spending large amount of money for new running shoes, you should firstly try these tools.