Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. We have a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of our feet and connects the heel bone to the toes called plantar fascia. This acts like a bowstring absorbing shock and supporting the arches of the feet. Small tears occur if there is too much tension on the bowstring/fascia. Repeated tearing and stretching causes irritation and inflammation.
The first steps in the morning for those who suffer from Plantar fasciitis are usually the most painful due to the stabbing sensation. Typically, the pain lightens as the feet are limbered up but often returns after standing or being seated for extended periods of time. It is important to address plantar fasciitis because those who suffer with it often change their stride in order to minimize pain, resulting other complications for back, hips, or knees in addition to feet.
Who is at Risk?
- Plantar fasciitis most commonly afflicts people between 40 and 60.
- Those who stand on their feet most of the day. Teachers, Nurses, Factory workers.
- Those who are overweight or obese
- Those who participate in physical activities that put extra stress on the heels and tissues attached to the heel. Runners, ballerinas, etc.
- Those who have issues with their feet, like high arches, abnormal walking patterns that distribute weight in a way that stresses the plantar fascia, flat-footed individuals may also easily suffer from plantar fasciitis.
What can be done?
- Reduce inflammation with NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
- Apply ice over the area of pain for 15-20 minutes three-four times/day and after you engage in activities that cause pain.
- Change the sports and exercises you are doing and switch to low-impact sports/exercises.
- Stretch the arches of your feet with simple exercises that you can do at home. Keep the calf muscles, plantar fascia and achilles tendons stretched.
- Wear insoles for plantar fasciitis that promote healing and protect the feet from further injury.
What are the best insoles for plantar fasciitis?
Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Insoles
Heel-That-Pain Heel Seats
Heel-That-Pain Gel Heel Seats
Heel-That-Pain Full Length Heel Seats
Let the healing begin!!!
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