You should be able to fix the heel pain pretty quickly. I have heard of people having amazing results in less than a week. It all depends on many factors though. What I do know is that plantar fasciitis is NOT an incurable disease, and if dealt with properly, it can be fixed in no time! The hardest part is accepting how bad the injury is, and giving it all the effort you can to fix it fast. Do not ignore the pain or push through it. I know that after months of pain, you will get desperate. If something hurts, do not do it! Rest was ranked the number two "treatment". The most important part of my recovery was to finally learn the motto "when in doubt, don't do it". I'm a little afraid to emphasize this too much because reduced activity can lead to atrophy which may be the cause of some cases. It takes 12 to 36 hours for many soft-tissue injuries to reach their maximum soreness, so it's often difficult to know when you're overdoing it or which particular activity (like squatting or climbing stairs) caused the pain to increase again. Swimming is one of the few safe alternative exercises. After about a year and a half of the most common treatments for these conditions, my chiropractor engaged a new therapy called cold laser. Cold Laser is a well-established therapy for pain relief and rehabilitation of numerous injuries. The laser light penetrates tissue where it is absorbed by cells and effectively stimulates healing and rapid pain relief. Here is a video of one type of home laser treatment. Although I found the treatments helped my feet recover from pain more quickly, they were very expensive as insurance didn’t cover the cost. Essential Oils In some cases, the affects of heel pain may have a different source. As previously mentioned, tight calf muscles can often predispose you to developing plantar fasciitis. A byproduct of this are trigger points. Trigger points are tiny contractions in the muscle fiber which form as a result of over-use, strain, trauma, or shortened and tight muscles. Trigger points refer pain to other areas of the body. In the case of the lower leg, there are several muscles which could be referring pain to the heel and long arch of the foot – the same area where plantar fasciitis pain occurs. Let’s take a look at the first image below. The foot is a very complex mechanical structure. Each foot is assembled from 26 bones, 33 joints, more than a 100 muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. The human foot mechanism is even more complicated and is changing in every individual. The plantar fascia ligament part in the foot mechanism is to keep the foot longitudinal arch structure. It operates almost like a bow string. But this structure is kept also by the other parts of the foot especially the foot's small muscles. If you exercise your feet this whole structure will get stronger. Stronger foot muscles can support the plantar fascia keeping it from another injury. If want to start using essential oils to care for your own family, I would recommend buying them wholesale. Why pay retail when you don’t have to? It’s kind of like being a Costco member, but without the yearly fee. In fact, there isn’t a fee to becoming a wholesale customer at all. The only requirement is the purchase of a starter kit. Find out more HERE The plantar fascia is a very thin ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot to absorb stress and shock that we place on our feet. The direct result of straining this ligament is pain, swelling, weakness and irritation. This kind of plantar fasciitis stretches is done in order to stretch the hind leg as well as the ankles. You need a flat surface and an elevated area such as the curb, a stair step or a low chair. You might also need to hold or lean on to something so that you will not lose your balance. This is a very easy stretching exercise to do. Stand by the edge of the elevated item that you have chosen and stand on your toes. Keep the toes on that edge and allow the heel to drop lower than the toes.