Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The Plantar Fascia is the name given to the thick band of tissue found in the arch of your foot. This connects the heel bone to the bones in your toes, allowing movement in your foot. When your Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed it is known as Plantar Fasciitis. This condition is caused by a gradual or sudden tear in the muscle tissue, which is common in active people who play a lot of sport or go running regularly. Injury to the Plantar Fascia is also common among the elderly as your muscles simply wear out over time through every day use.

If you’ve got Plantar Fasciitis you’ll feel a sharp pain on the underside of your heel, usually when you walk or move after sitting or resting for a long period of time. Fortunately, there are several easy and affordable treatment options available for this common condition.

Treating A Painful Plantar Fascia Effectively

Once you’ve established that you’ve got Plantar Fasciitis, you’ll need to take steps to reduce the pain and prevent further damage to your Plantar Fascia. One of the most highly recommended options for treating a painful Plantar Fascia is an orthotic shoes. This will correct your posture, by re-aligning the foot, ankle and lower leg muscles. Many people with pain in their Plantar Fascia are simply suffering from fallen arches, where the arch of the foot flattens when you walk, which can easily be corrected by wearing the right orthotic shoes.

There are many options available for orthopedic treatment. You can get rehabilitation by visiting your general practitioner or podiatrist, or you can simply buy orthopedic shoes for arch correction. Customized equipment is usually more expensive and often unnecessary, because some studies have found that the use of orthopedic shoes can be equally effective in relieving plantar fascia pain. Failure to resolve a fallen arch can cause many problems later in life, including knee and hip problems due to misalignment and muscle strain.

In addition to wearing orthotics shoes every time you go out, whether you are exercising or simply shopping, you may need to complete some stretching exercises to strengthen your muscles. If you have a severe plantar fascia injury and walking is too painful, you should limit the walking time to allow time for the muscles to heal. Taking anti-inflammatory analgesics and applying ice to the painful area is another solution that can help reduce plantar fascia pain after exercise.

Plantar Fasciitis FAQs

How do I know if I have Plantar Fasciitis?

The most common complaint of people with Plantar Fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel. It usually affects one foot but can sometimes affect both.

What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

There are many contributing factors to Plantar Fasciitis. These include:

Flat Feet, High Arches, Obesity, Shortened Achilles Tendon, Over-Pronation, Improper Footwear, Tight Muscles

Why does Plantar Fasciitis hurt?

Plantar Fasciitis causes pain because the Plantar Fascia tendon has been over stretched. This causes micro-tears in the tendon which become inflamed.

Why does Plantar Fasciitis hurt more first thing in the morning?

People suffering from Plantar Fasciitis find it more painful in the morning because the tendon has become shortened during the night (or periods of inactivity) and is not being stretched. When you first get up in the morning and put weight on your feet the tendon is immediately stretched and this will cause some pain.

What can I do to help with Plantar Fasciitis?

There are a few things you can do to help:

     1.GECKOMAN shoes. Using a pair of GECKOMAN shoes will support the arch and stabilise the heel. Supporting the arch is vital as this will take the pressure off the Plantar Fascia tendon and stop the over stretching.

     2.This can be done by using a Moji Massager or rolling a ball, bottle, can etc. under the arch of the foot. 

     3.Stretching exercises. 

     4.Anti-Inflammatories such as Ibroprufen

How do insoles help with Plantar Fasciitis?

GECKOMAN shoes help with Plantar Fasciitis by supporting the arch of the foot and stabilizing the heel. This stops the foot rolling inwards and also supports the fascia tendon.

How do stretching exercises help with Plantar Fasciitis?

Stretching can help as quite often tight calf muscles or Achilles Tendons can contribute to Plantar Fasciitis. 

How long does Plantar Fasciitis last for?

Unfortunately there is no exact timescale as everyone is different. Over 90% of cases should go away with the use of home remedies such as shoes, stretching and massage. If problems do persist or get worse please consult your GP.

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