3 Ways a Foot Roller Can Relieve Pain From Plantar Fasciitis
The first steps of your day can be the best...or the worst, depending on if you have plantar fasciitis, a painful disorder that targets the heel of the foot.
To put it simply, plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation or a structural breakdown of the plantar fascia – the thick fibrous tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes.
Though it’s not certain what exactly causes plantar fasciitis, you’re more likely to suffer from it if you:
- Wear shoes that lack proper heel or arch support
- Overuse or overstretch your sole from any physical activity such as running or jumping
- Put too much pressure on your feet due to being overweight
- Stand on your feet for long periods of time
- Over the age of 40
There are a wide range of treatments that can relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis including the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and the last resort and most expensive method – surgery.
You don’t have to go to such extreme measures early on because a foot roller massager can provide a cost effective and safe solution to easing your plantar fasciitis; take a look at these 3 effective ways.
1. It Strengthens and Stretches the Muscles in and Around the Foot
Why is it always recommended that you stretch before any type of exercise?
Because it causes the muscles to become more flexible which helps to withstand the pressure and sudden stretches that occur when doing physical activity.
Unfortunately, most people tend to forget about stretching their feet even though it’s constantly in use everyday.
By using a foot roller consistently, even if it’s just for 5 to 10 minutes daily, you’ll stretch and strengthen the plantar fascia ligament that’s responsible for supporting the arch of your foot.
As a result, the chances of damaging the plantar fascia reduces drastically as it’s more flexible and stronger to withstand day-to-day activities.
2. It Releases Muscle Tension Through Gentle to Firm Pressure
When the feet is stiff, that’s when it’s the most painful. Usually it’s in the morning or during parts of the day when your feet are inactive for long stretches of time – like when you’re sitting at the computer or watching TV. This is a typical trait for people who suffer from arthritis and plantar fasciitis.
During these times, it makes perfect sense to get on the foot roller and start stimulating your feet.
There are ridges and massage points on the foot roller that massages your feet; essentially utilising the same concept as acupressure, an ancient Chinese therapy technique which targets “pressure points” in your body to relax and stimulate the muscles and nerves.
Of course, the amount of pressure you should apply will all depend on how sensitive your feet are or how deep of a massage you want.
3. It Promotes Blood Circulation
A lack of blood flow to the legs and feet can be attributed to an inactive or unhealthy lifestyle, diabetes and arterial issues, among other conditions.
Poor circulation can and will also worsen the symptoms of arthritis and plantar fasciitis.
The most obvious solution for increasing blood circulation around your legs and feet is to do more exercise and cut out unhealthy habits such as smoking and eating fatty food.
If you find yourself in a situation where you have to sit for long periods of time (e.g. in an office job or if you’re on the plane), then there’s really no reason why you cannot be using a foot roller.
We offer two types of foot rollers – single and dual
Our Travel Revive Foot Roller is lightweight and compact which makes it ideal for taking it with you to the office, on holiday or simply around the house.
Our wooden Home Revive Foot Roller is larger but allows both feet to be massaged simultaneously whether you’re relaxing while watching TV or having dinner.
Take a look at both of them and see which one suits you the most.