Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition within the foot which
causes stabbing, burning pain in the heel area. Many times, people who
suffer from plantar fasciitis feel the most pain early in the morning,
or after any activity that involves running or jogging.
The pain that is felt with plantar fasciitis is due to swelling of a
tissue which connects the heel bone to the toes. This tissue, which is
called the plantar fascia, is found on the bottom of your foot.
Overnight, or during periods of inactivity such as time spent at a desk
job, the plantar fascia tissue tightens up, causing pain when a person
stands up and mobilizes. This pain is generally reduced as the person
Signs of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis can occur in both feet at the same time, but generally occurs only in one foot.
Sharp pains in middle of bottom of heel. The pain will feel like stabbing.
pain is felt when stepping after lengthy immobility, including after sleep, as well as when stretching the bottom of the foot by
tip-toeing or climbing.
Pain is felt after exercise, but rarely during exercise, unless bottom of foot is being stretched.
A small amount of swelling in the heel.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The pain and inflammation experienced with plantar fasciitis is caused
by repetitive tearing of the plantar fascia tissue. Some things which
can cause or contribute to this tearing include:
Overdoing physical activities, particularly running and climbing.
Chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes have been shown to increase risks of plantar fasciitis.
Walking incorrectly or having an abnormally shaped foot.
Wearing shoes without the proper support.
people are more at risk than others for developing plantar fasciitis.
As mentioned above, those with diabetes and arthritis are at risk.
Athletes, people who are flat-footed, people who are overweight, and
pregnant women are all at higher risk than others. Your job also
contributes to your risk factor. If you are a waitress, for example,
who is on her feet almost her entire shift, you can be more at risk for
Medical Care for Plantar Fasciitis
If you experience any of the signs listed above for plantar fasciitis
you should seek corrective action as plantar fasciitis can become more
severe as time goes buy. Conditions which cause poor circulation can
be very dangerous to your feet, and issues with the feet can be
severely complicated by these conditions.
If you believe that you may have plantar fasciitis, you should not
ignore the condition and hope it will go away. Although plantar
fasciitis in itself is not generally a very serious condition, if left
untreated, it can develop into problems with mobility and issues with
other parts of the body.
Watch our video on Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs and Liquid Orthotics
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Treatments for this condition range from minimal home therapy to
surgical procedures. Some of the most common treatment recommendations
for plantar fasciitis include:
Wearing a Night Splint at night to hold the fascia in a stretched position.
Supports inside your shoe to provide better pressure distribution. See our Liquid Orthotics
Physical therapy and morning stretches if Heel Seats and Night Splints are not eliminating all of the pain.
Preventing Plantar Fasciitis
Although plantar fasciitis is not a life-threatening condition, it can
be annoying and troublesome, particularly if it causes you to restrict
your level of motion. Therefore, you will want to take preventative
measures to keep this condition from developing.Some preventative measures include:
Stretching legs, ankles, and feet prior to stepping out of bed in the morning.
Wear shoes which provide proper support, and try not to wear high heels.
If participating in sports, always warm up.
Keep in shape and at a healthy weight.
In regards to shoes and arch supports for plantar fasciitis
and/or heel spur treatment:
Expensive shoes are not the answer for treating plantar fasciitis
and/or heel spurs. It's all about the insert in your shoe. Many
customers we talk to have spent hundreds of dollars on expensive shoes
looking for relief when they could have bought a $50 pair of shoes and
purchased a quality after market insert which would make it as good, if
not better, then a $300 pair of "orthopedic" shoes.
(2) Arch Supports/Custom Orthotics: Everyone should wear a
quality arch support in their shoes starting as early in life as
possible. Having proper support under your arch and keeping the proper
bio-mechanical balance will prevent plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
from occurring later in life. With the many different types of footwear
available such as non supportive flip-flops it is not realistic that
everyone will take the preventative approach and this is why 15 million
people suffer from plantar fasciitis in the United States alone.
Podiatrists seem to always prescribe custom orthotics for patients with
plantar fasciitis and it's no wonder they rarely work to cure the
problem as they are just an expensive arch support. Again... the reason
they rarely help is because they do not attack the source of the problem
which is the plantar fascia contracting, not a lack of arch support.
Podiatrists profit hundreds of dollars selling custom orthotics that
rarely work and they provide no guarantee.... buyer beware!!
We recommend our unique Liquid Orthotics that use a natural all day therapeutic massage to stretch the Plantar Fascia as you walk.
Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the plantar Fascia becoming inflamed and contracting.
Simply providing arch support does nothing to attack the cause which is
the inflammation and contraction of the Fascia. The reason our liquid
orthotics work so well is they distribute the weight evenly across the
entire foot allowing the inflamed fascia to heal while at the same time
using acupressure and a therapeutic massaging to stretch and lengthen
the plantar Fascia.
We HIGHLY recommend night treatment for 24 hour a day therapy. Watch our video below on Night Splints and the different types that are available.