Traveling And Plantar Fasciitis: What You Can Do

Posted on: 11 December 2019


If you have plantar fasciitis, it can make traveling difficult. This is especially true if you're going somewhere where you intend on sight-seeing, hiking, and being on your feet for several hours at a time. You'd hate to ruin your vacation because your feet are hurting you all the time. To help with your heel pain while you're away from home, there are a few things you can do to help. Read on for some helpful information. 

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Make sure the shoes you bring with you for your vacation are comfortable and fit you properly. If your shoes are brand new, make sure you wore them a few times beforehand so you aren't trying to walk around in brand-new shoes. If your shoes aren't comfortable and you try to wear them for hours at a time, you could end up with blisters and even more sore feet than what you started with. Your shoes should fit your feet properly, have arch support, and not rub your feet in any way at all. Your shoes should also offer support all around your foot so you don't sprain an ankle or cause other injury to your feet.

Stretch Your Feet

After a long day of walking or hiking, make sure you stretch your feet to prevent heel pain while at rest from your plantar fasciitis. Place the ball of your foot against the wall and keep your other foot behind you. Press the foot against the wall and lean into it, keeping your knee straight so you put pressure on your foot. This will help stretch your arch and the heel of your foot. Repeat the process on the other foot. Another stretch you can do is to rub your foot on a water bottle or a water bottle that is frozen. Roll the bottle with your foot to stretch it out. Repeat with your other foot.

Ice Your Feet

To help alleviate the pain, you can use ice on your foot. Bring an ice pack with you to ice your heels at the end of a long day. Use an ice pack that you can form to your foot. Use a cloth in between the ice pack and your foot to prevent frostbite. An over-the-counter pain reliever can also be helpful in alleviating pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

If you have plantar fasciitis, you probably experience pain on a daily basis. Don't let this pain ruin your vacation plans. Talk to your podiatrist about other tips to prevent this type of pain on your next vacation.