Heel pain is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes; it supports the arch of the foot. If the plantar fascia is injured or is weakened or becomes swollen or inflamed the heel of the foot can begin to hurt as you stand due to the added pressure of the weight of your body on the already inflamed plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is the name for this inflammation in the plantar fascia.
As we have already explained heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis. In order to gain relief from this pain you have to support the plantar fascia and distribute the pressure, caused by standing, away from the painful area.
In order to gain the most appropriate relief from plantar fasciitis heel pain we must consider the causes of the heel pain in the first place and treat the cause not just the symptoms. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the ligament that supports the arch straining and thus becoming inflamed. Straining is more likely to occur due to excessive pronation, high arches or flat feet, walking or standing or running for a long time on hard flat surfaces, being overweight, wearing shoes that don’t fit well or a tight Achilles tendon.
People with Plantar fasciitis caused by flat feet can gain relief by using plantar fasciitis insoles. Plantar fasciitis insoles are specially designed orthotics. They are shoe inserts that support the arch of the foot and in doing so re-align your posture, supports the natural arch of the foot and redistributes pressure. The result is instant pain relief from plantar fasciitis associated with flat foot.
If your plantar fasciitis is not caused by flat foot and the arch of your foot is fine then you should instead wear plantar fasciitis heel pads or heel cups. These absorb everyday shock to the heel area and redistribute this away from the painful region; they realign your posture and help to eliminate heel pain. Pain from standing or walking is instantly eliminated.
Those that run may be best advised to wear arch support sports insoles in order to prevent plantar fasciitis from occurring in the first place.
Tight Achilles tendons can be resolved through stretches. We will deal with tight Achilles tendons in a future article as there is a lot to explain here.
Here at NuovaHealth we stock many plantar fasciitis products designed to help you find relief from your pain.