What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a problem of the foot and it is quite often referred to as “policeman’s heel.” It is basically an inflammatory condition of the foot that directly affects one’s heel. It causes chronic pain often in the heel and sometimes in the arch of the foot as well.
Some Of The Most Common Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis That You May Experience
- The pain you feel is likely to get worse at the time when you first get out of bed in the morning as compared to any other time of the day and it feels you can’t take even one step without support
- You will usually experience a very sharp, stabbing pain in your heel which could be at the bottom or front of the bone
- Your heel bone may feel the most pain after long periods of inactivity for example resting or lying down or working in one position or sitting, driving or sleeping
- The pain gradually diminishes as the day passes by and turns into a dull, lingering ache
Understand The Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis
- Abnormal pronation of the foot which is usually over-pronation
- As you age this condition might worsen
- Excess or unexpected weight gain may heighten the pain as well
- If you are in a job that requires you to stand or walk on hard surfaces for a long period of time is another contributor to the problem
- Wearing low quality, unsupportive footwear does it too
- Lack of any activity triggers it easily
The Pain Mechanism
There is a band of tissue under your foot that runs from the heel to the toes. It is called the Plantar Fascia and when you suffer from over-pronation of the feet, it gets stretched excessively with every step you take. This causes irritation and inflammation and that ultimately leads to pain where the heel bone and Fascia are attached to each other. In some cases the pain might be very severe and that results in it moving towards the arch of the foot. This continuous pulling of the Fascia tissue band at your heel bone causes a “heel spur” which is a bony outgrowth in your heel.
The Plantar Fascia shrinks and becomes shorter and tighter while you are resting and this makes it stiff. This is why when you wake up or get up; it feels as if something is stabbing into your feet. It is because your entire body weight goes to your feet. This puts pressure on your Fascia, causing it to stretch and lengthen immediately resulting in micro-tears in the tissue. This is the reason your pain is the most severe in the morning or whenever you take your first few steps after resting for long periods of time.
What are the possible treatments for Plantar Fasciitis?
- The best way to reduce its impact is rest
- You need to avoid high impact sports
- Avoid long walks or standing for long hours
- Apply ice on the affected area at least 2 to 3 times in a day for at least 5 to 10 minutes
- Follow a daily, targeted exercise program
- In some cases cortisone-steroid injection might also help (usually administered by your GP)
What about orthotic treatment?
You can opt for an orthotic insole or footwear equipped with an orthotic for relieving the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. Orthotics insoles and footwear can help rectify this problem by supporting the arch of the foot, reducing the stress placed on the plantar fascia ligament. In addition to providing relief from heel pain, orthotics help correct abnormal foot mechanics associated with plantar fasciitis.
Zullaz shoes and sandals feature Footlogics orthotic technology to support your feet in the right places, helping to prevent the onset of Plantar Fasciitis and making walking and standing more comfortable for people with this common foot condition.