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Have I Got Plantar Fasciitis?

If you suffer from heel pain at the base of your foot, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. While this condition may sound odd and abstract, it's actually extremely common, and is a result of the plantar fascia (the tight band of tissue that makes up the arch of your foot) becoming inflamed, leading to irritation, pain and a disruption to your gait. While common, this condition can be treated with the right pair of gel soles orthotics , which can help to reduce your pain and speed up your recovery time.

Just because you suffer from pain in your heel doesn't mean you have plantar fasciitis, and you should always consult your podiatrist to make sure. In the mean time, here are a few symptoms and risk factors that can help you narrow it down:

 

  • Sharp Heel Pain - Plantar fasciitis pain is usually quite sharp, and forms directly underneath the heel. This pain is typically worst in the morning, and can lessen over time, and then worsen after prolonged exercise or standing.

  • Stress on the Foot - Plantar fasciitis is most common in athletes and runners, and can also be associated with rapid weight gain. Since the plantar fascia transmits weight across your foot as you move, it's highly reactive to extra stress.

  • Relieved with Rest - Plantar fasciitis pain, unlike other common heel pain, will often quickly subside with rest. If your pain persists after a long period of rest, you may be suffering from a more severe condition.

Gel-soles for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can be treated relatively easily, and the right pair of gel insoles can go a long way to lessening your pain and speeding up the healing process. Our Gel-soles are designed to cushion , support and realign your foot , so to ease the pain. Working like a “shock absorber “ to take the pressure and ease to pain .


 

The Definition

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a 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.

The Cause

Plantar Fasciitis often leads to heel pain, heel spurs, and/or arch pain. The excessive stretching of the plantar fascia that leads to the inflammation and discomfort can be caused by the following: Over-pronation (flat feet) which results in the arch collapsing upon weight bearing. A foot with an unusually high arch, a sudden increase in physical activity, excessive weight on the foot, usually attributed to obesity or pregnancy, improperly fitting footwear, and over-pronation (flat feet) (which 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. 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 can subside slightly.

Plantar Fasciitis Facts

The plantar fascia is the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. When this tissue becomes swollen or inflamed, it is called plantar fasciitis.

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