Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis Information from Foot Solutions

Get the Details on Common Heel Pain Causes and Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

Do you suffer from intense heel pain? Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is described as an inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, the broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot, attaching at the bottom of the heel bone and extending to the forefoot. When the plantar fascia is excessively stretched, this can cause plantar fasciitis, which can also lead to heel pain, arch pain, and heel spurs.

With Plantar Fasciitis, the bottom of your foot usually hurts near the inside of the foot where the heel and arch meet. The pain is often acute either first thing in the morning or after a long rest, because while resting the plantar fascia contracts back to its original shape. As the day progresses and the plantar fascia continues to be stretched, the pain often subsides. Many people use a night split to help relieve that morning heel pain.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Over-pronation (flat feet) is the leading cause of plantar fasciitis. Over-pronation occurs in the walking process, when a person's arch collapses upon weight bearing, causing the plantar fascia to be stretched away from the heel bone.

Other causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • Having high arches or flat feet
  • Walking, standing or running for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
  • Being overweight
  • Tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons

Treating and Preventing Plantar Fasciitis

There are many ways to help treat and prevent plantar fasciitis:

  • Add arch supports to their running shoes
  • Regularly stretch your calf muscles using stretching aids
  • Wear more appropriate footwear, especially if you are going to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • Use a night splints to reduce morning heel pain and keep the plantar fascia muscle stretched overnight
  • Ice your heel and keep it elevated when you are not on your feet

Products for Plantar Fasciitis at Foot Solutions

Foot Solutions has several products that are ideal for helping to treat plantar fasciitis and heel pain:

  • Custom arch supports to support the plantar fascia
  • Supportive shoes from athletic to dress
  • Chung Shi - shoe with rocker sole that has been found to help with heel pain.
  • Night splits to keep the plantar fascia stretched at night
  • Massage tube that can be 1/2 filled with hot water and 1/2 filled with ice water - to help accommodate heel pain

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