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Pain In Heel Of Foot And Self Treatment

Pain in heel of foot self treatment can be done at home if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Common causes of pain in heel of foot conditions are inflammation and/or tightness in the plantar fascia, which is the tissue on the bottom of the foot.

Plantar fasciitis pain is often felt at the front part of the heel on the bottom of the foot. This heel pain spreads along the bottom of the foot towards the toes. If the ligaments of the foot bottom have tightened up overnight due to inflammation, putting your weight on your foot to walk when getting out of bed in the morning becomes painful. The tight foot area is stretched as you put your weight on your foot, which causes a ‘hot’ kind of pain that runs along the heel toward the toes.

Besides having pain when getting out of bed in the mornings, you may find that the pain in heel of foot condition is only a problem after being stationary for a while, or late in the day or while doing certain kinds of activities.

Here are pain in heel of foot treatments that help reduce inflammation of the plantar fascia:

? Use Ice Massage – fill a sports water bottle with water, freeze it and place it on the floor. Roll your foot over it for 20 minutes two times a day. Doing this will both help decrease the inflammation causing the pain in heel of foot condition while stretching out the arch.

? Use a Contrast Bath – to help decrease chronic inflammation, try contrasting treatment between ice and heat. Pay attention to how the pain in heel of foot condition feels when alternating between ice and heat since some people find they do better with ice while others have better results with heat.

? Take Anti-inflammatory Medications – medications such as ibuprofen will help decrease inflammation that occurs in the fascia. However, don’t simply mask the pain with a medication. If you reduce the pain with the anti-inflammatory medication but keep on participating in activities which cause tearing and inflammation of the plantar fascia, you are not healing and will likely not improve. Continue resting, icing and stretching while you take the medications.

? Reduce or Avoid Activities that Aggravate the Condition – climbing stairs, walking or running on hills, squatting, lifting heavy items and walking on uneven terrain all can make the pain in heel of foot condition worse. Limit the number of times you go up and down stairs and try to avoid hills and uneven terrain. If you have to squat down, keep the inflammed foot flat on the ground and in front of the other. Do not lift heavy items.

Besides reducing pain in heel of foot inflammation, stretching exercises can be effective in helping treat heel pain. Learn as much as you can about self treatments for pain in heel of foot conditions. Plantar fasciitis pain can be just annoying or it can become so serious that you cannot walk. Understanding heel pain causes can help you know how to find relief. Foot surgery should always be considered the very last resort.

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David Buster

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Posted by mark - June 6, 2017 at 4:14 pm

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Can you please educate me about self publishing?

I’m finishing up a novel that I’ve been working on this past year and a half and my mother (who has established a reputation in the marketing business) says that self-publishing is really the way to go.
I’m looking for anyone who has any experience in any kind of publishing, but preferably somebody who can tell me the processes, pros, and cons of both methods. Thanks in advance!

Check out my blog post Why I chose to self publish! If you use the Link Within feature you will find many different articles on my blog about self publishing. Good luck!

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Posted by mark - June 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

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What are any thoughts on self publishing?

In todays cut-throat publishiong industry what are the advantages/disadvantages of self publishing? And any good publishing houses which specialize in it?

Hi Csider

Unless you know for a fact that your writing is up to professional standards, and that your book will be of interest to enough people to make it commercially viable then I’d advise you to leave self-publishing well alone.
Because there are hundreds of thousands of people already out there wasting their money by ignoring these basic details.

If that didn’t put you off, then do yourself a vital favour and don’t try self publishing unless you are going to pay a good, professional copy editor to check for typos, bad grammar, etc., and another professional-standard editor to go through the book to weed out the rubbish and give you expert advice on how to rewrite the rest to give your book the best chance of selling.

Also, make sure you have a distribution system set up IN ADVANCE.

I know a gentleman who set up his own publishing company many years ago to publish other people’s books. He did a lot of the editing himself, and the company was successful enough to give him and his family a decent living.

Then one day he figured he’d publish a book of his own – which he wrote and edited. It was just about competent. But whilst he’d made such a good job of editing other people’s work he simply didn’t have the self discipline to edit his own work effectively. The book was too long, too repetitious, it wandered about all over the place instead of sticking to the subject it was supposedly about. And so on.
The book was a flop.

As to publishing houses I guess you mean self-publishing house?
The answer is yes, there are several POD (print on demand) companies that offer a good deal and will produce a good looking product.

But they can’t make a book sell unless you give them the right material to work with.

The advantage of going with a regular publishing house is that they won’t waste your time or their own on any book unless they think, from seeing the initial proposal, and based on their experience, that you have a product that will sell.

There are occasional stories of books that were turned down by numerous publishers before being accepted and becoming best sellers. But this really is a rarity. It’s actually far more common for publishers to be over-optimistic rather than cynical.

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Posted by mark - May 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

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Pen Names And Self Publishers – Self Publishing 2.0

Many self publishers use a pen name to try to hide the fact they are self publishing. There are legitimate reasons for using a pen name, but hiding who you are is rarely one of them

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Posted by mark - May 30, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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A self-publishing enthusiast speaks

I’ve self-published two novels and made a success of both. Here’s my perspective on self-publishing, looking past all the negativity and seeing something that authors and readers should be excited about.

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Posted by mark - May 25, 2017 at 10:43 am

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Can I use grayscale in self-publishing services, or does it cost extra?

Self-publishing and book-printing services such as Lulu have two color options: Black/white and color. Color is often a lot more expensive. So does grayscale usually fall under black and white, since it just uses black ink, or do I have to use black and white dots/pixels to create varying shades of gray?

If you goal is to include black and white images, you will get better quality by using the color option. Both paper quality and printing process used for their B&W books will not produce the same quality image you’ll get with the color option.

Unfortunately lulu does not have an option to just include a few pages of image quality pages into an otherwise print quality book. You need to choose one or the other. Thumb through some paperback fiction print books. Find one where they did not insert a new page for the author photo and you will have some idea as to what quality images will be in such books.

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Posted by mark - May 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

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Content People Want To Read – Self Publishing 2.0

Large and small publishers alike frequently stumble over technology, sinking vast amounts of time and money into mastering techncial challenges that are at best temporary balms. The real job of a publisher is coming up with books, or content, that people want to read. Lose sight of that and you’ll lose sight of your original goal in publishing.

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Posted by mark - May 22, 2017 at 8:36 am

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Nice “Self Publishing” photos

Check out these Self Publishing images:

Doctor Who A Collectors guide to the Novels

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A book I self published back in 2007 & did no marketing on. Consequently it sold somewhere in the region of 20 copies (yey me). Its still available via

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Jennie Breeden talks about self publishing

The Wellington Collaboratorium

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Just got the photos from Gregory Sholette’s show The Wellington Collaboratorium held at the Enjoy Public Art Gallery here in Welly during June 2010.

Part of the show was An Imaginary Archive, and artists, zinesters, writers, etc were asked to submit any self-published work of fictional histories they have worked on.

Two zines of my fitted the bill, so they were featured. I wont say which ones cause I don’t want to give away the false stories in them, but perhaps if you know my zines and have a sharp eye you can pic them out of these photos…

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Posted by mark - May 20, 2017 at 6:59 am

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Has anyone ever self-published a book rather than going through a company who accepted it for publishing? If yes can you tell me what the advantages and disadvantages of going this route may be? Thank you in advance. Cherie

When you self-publish, you have complete artistic control. With a traditional publisher, they choose the cover art (and generally the title). With self-publishing, your book comes out exactly the way you want it to.

However, self-publishers cannot get your book into traditional bookstores. Almost no reviewers will touch them. No one will copyedit it for you, so you will have to pay for that service. If you decide to try and publish traditionally down the line, it is not considered a publishing credential.

Here is another article, from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, about vanity presses:

For me, there are a few valid uses for vanity presses. The first is for things you only want for your friends and family– for instance, if you are putting together a family recipe book. The second is for non-fiction that you have a platform to sell on. If you give talks on a specific topic and can sell books about it afterwards, this could be a reason to self publish. Poetry collections also spring to mind as something appropriate to self-publish, just because they are so impossible to find a publisher for!

I would not suggest that anyone make this their first choice.

If you are going to go with a self-publisher, I almost always recommend Lulu. They do not promise to be anything more than what they are, and I have always been pleased with products I have purchased from them. You can also purchase a distribution package which includes an ISBN, which means that your book can be listed on the online booksellers:

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Posted by mark - May 17, 2017 at 4:47 am

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Has anyone had success with self-publishing company Xlibris?

I was considering self-publishing with Xlibris. They contacted me numerous times for over a year now. I’ve told them I may be interested in the future, so they call from time to time. I’m wondering if there are writers that have had a good experience with the company.

If a publisher is that desperate to find a client, you can bet they are not a traditional publisher.

Real publishers do not have to beg for manuscripts since agents provide them with enough good ones to choose from.

Vanity presses make their money selling printing services to naive authors (not by selling books to readers). It annoys writing groups to find out a self publisher has copied their member list specifically to spam them with promises and half-thruths.

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Posted by mark - May 12, 2017 at 2:16 am

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