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Plantar fasciitis is a common inflammation problem of the plantar fascia in runners but can even afflict non-runners too. (The plantar fascia is a fibrous tissue which spans the length of the sole of your foot which supports the arch of the foot). Inflammation of the plantar fascia usually will be found around where the plantar fascia is attached to your heel bone. The symptoms of plantar fasciitis will often include heel, foot pain and heel spurs.
The pain which plantar fasciitis causes often will be most painful around the inside of your heel but the pain can also be found on the sole of your foot too.
Plantar fasciitis is mainly an inflammation problem pain is at its worst during activity, but also people suffering with plantar fasciitis will also suffer from pain in the mornings too as a result of not moving. (Confusing I know but this is due to the state of the plantar fascia after you have slept all night not using your foot and when you take your first steps the plantar fascia will be tenderer).
Preventing plantar fasciitis is more simple and easy than you may think there are really lots of steps (mind the pun) that you can take to help prevent yourself from getting this problem. Including stretching your feet properly before exercise, this is very important as not stretching properly will mean an increased risk, many runners will tend to stretch all there other parts of their body but will often forget their feet.
Apart from stretching properly there is something else that is just if not more important and that is wearing the right footwear and insoles. Whilst running your shoes most give you the right support after all running creates a huge amount of pressure and strain on the plantar fascia and foot and so it is very important to have extra support. Tight and ill-fitting footwear can cause an increased risk of inflammation on the plantar fascia and other tissues which should be avoided.
Excessive pronation can be another cause of plantar fasciitis as this causes more stress than there really should be to combat this you can buy arch support plantar fasciitis insoles to help reduce this over pronation and reduce the stress on the plantar fascia too.
With treatment for plantar fasciitis – 95% of all people who get this condition will make a full recovery. There are some treatments that you can try including physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory drugs or by letting your plantar fascia naturally recover with the help of plantar fasciitis insoles that help support the arch and plantar fascia so when you walk you do not aggravate and inflame the plantar fascia again when you put weight on your foot.
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Plantar fasciitis can make daily life far more difficult and more uncomfortable. That is why it is a good idea to avoid getting it by ways of prevention using orthotics than just doing nothing and waiting to get plantar fasciitis and then doing something about it by treating it with ways that you could have done to help prevent it earlier.
Athletes tend to suffer from plantar fasciitis due to them overusing and causing inflammation of the plantar fascia. Many athletes will suffer at some point from plantar fasciitis when they really could have avoided it by simply doing some proper stretches of the feet and wearing proper insoles in their running shoes.
It not just athletes who suffer from this condition but people who are overweight also have a much higher chance of getting plantar fasciitis because of the extra weight they carry adds extra pressure on the plantar fascia which it cannot cope or designed to deal with meaning it can more easily tear or be damaged.
The best ways to prevent and/or treat plantar fasciitis is by swapping flat insoles in your shoes for some special arch support plantar fasciitis insoles. With the specially adapted orthotic that offer better support for the arch of your foot and plantar fascia will make plantar fasciitis a thing of the past.
Standard flat insoles found in many shoes than you buy offer little or no arch support at all. Support is needed because as we get older the muscles and tissues that help to support the arch of our feet will get less strong and flexible… with the constant strain of gravity on our arches along with a busy life where we are always on our feet running from one place to the next creates a lot of pressure on our arches, the risks of developing plantar fasciitis are stacked against us. But thankfully all we need is better supporting orthotic insoles to help alleviate some of this strain and pressure from our arches.
By wearing arch support insoles, pressure and tension is took off the plantar fascia and this reduces the risk of tearing it. Not only will special orthotic help to support your arch but they also help to cushion any unwanted pressure or shock that could harm your feet as you walk or run.
You can buy orthotics here at NuovaHealth where we have a wide range of orthotics and insoles to help anyone.
If you have any further questions in regard of plantar fasciitis or orthotics to help prevent plantar fasciitis please comment below and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Stress placed upon the plantar fascia can result in heel pain. You can aid the recovery from plantar fasciitis via plenty of rest, firm and high quality footwear, wearing of heel pads, painkillers as well as exercise. Through thorough stretching and strengthening of the plantar fascia the ligament can gain flexibility and strength which will aid the muscles in supporting the arch of the foot which helps by reducing stress on the plantar fascia ligament thus reducing heel pain.
It is important to regularly stretch the Achilles tendon as well as the plantar fascia this is due to the fact that many people with plantar fasciitis have tight Achilles tendons. It is important to refer to a physiotherapist for guidance whilst exercising.
The outlook for plantar fasciitis?
Most people completely recover from plantar fasciitis within 12 months. Some treatments can speed up the recovery process.
How do I avoid plantar fasciitis?
Firstly you should make it a habit of regularly changing shoes used for running or walking. Badly fitting or worn down shoes have a reduced ability to absorb the everyday shocks that come from walking on hard surfaces resulting in more damage to the plantar fascia.
It is important to buy a good arch support or a cushioning heel pad as they can prevent heel pain and add an extra degree of protection from harm. NuovaHealth supply excellent heel pads and arch supports designed to offer maximum prevention.
Lose weight if overweight. Being overweight adds more stress and strain on the ligaments and joints, especially in the foot that have to bare the heavy load. Less weight means fewer loads and more relief for said joints and ligaments.
Stretch the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon on a regular basis, before and after exercise.
Try to avoid exercising on hard flat surfaces.