Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition causing intense pain in one or both heels, that can last for extended periods. Sometimes Plantar Fasciitis also causes pain in the arch of the foot.

Symptoms

Pain from Plantar Fasciitis is typically experienced at the bottom of the heel and is most severe with your first steps when getting out of bed in the morning. The initial symptoms are a sharp, intense pain underneath or at the front of the heel bone. The pain is typically extreme after periods of rest such as sleeping or inactivity. After the initial pain subsides and becomes a dull ache

What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is the most widespread foot complaint and is caused primarily by abnormal pronation of the foot. Other factors contributing to the condition include age, body weight, occupations requiring long periods of standing or walking, wearing worn shoes that give no support to your foot and lack of activity.

Excessive pronation (the slight, inward rolling motion a foot makes during normal walking) causes plantar fascia (the thick, tough band of tissue between your heel and toes) to over stretch. This causes micro-tears to the tissue. The micro-tears result in inflammation, swelling, tenderness and pain where the fascia attaches to the heel bone. In some instances the pain in felt directly underneath the foot in the arch.

As the fascia continually pulls at the heel bone, the constant irritation eventually causes a bony growth to develop on the heel. This is called a Heel Spur.

When the Plantar Fascia is allowed to rest during sleep or long periods of inactivity, the fascia tightens and shortens. When your first stand up after resting, the Fascia is forced to stretch and lengthen very quickly causing micro-tears in the tissue. This is why the first steps in the morning are so exquisitely painful.

Treatment options

Typical doctor-recommended remedies include:

- apply ice directly to heel area for 5 minutes

- reduce activities and allow yourself to rest. Avoid walking for long distances, playing sports or extended periods of standing

- injections of cortisone-steroids directly into your heel bone (performed by GP)

- orthotic insoles to realign faulty walking dynamics

- a daily program of exercises specifically designed for Plantar Fasciitis

Treatment with orthotic insoles

The most successful method for treating Plantar Fasciitis is to treat the root cause of the condition. This is done by altering abnormal foot dynamics with orthotic insoles.

Australian podiatrists have developed Footlogics orthotics to correct over-pronation while supporting arches in the foot. Orthotics work to diminish tension to the plantar fascia and change the dynamics that cause the problem. Orthotics allows inflamed tissues the opportunity to heal more quickly. Footlogics provides heel pads to receive and redistribute the powerful impact of each footfall upon the painful heel. This adds effective relief and comfort while promoting healing of the fascia.

Footlogics orthotics have worked for thousands of people suffering from heel pain throughout Australia, NZ, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Treatment with daily exercises

Recent studies have shown the most successful treatment of Plantar Fasciitis involves simple solutions including a combination of daily exercise and correction of foot alignment with orthotic inserts. Exercising helps lengthen the muscles and tendons in the feet and legs. The muscles also become more flexible which eases strain on the plantar fascia.

Summary:

Definition: Plantar Fasciits = inflammation of the Plantar Fascia

Symptoms: sharp pain in the heel with first steps in the morning or after resting, subsiding to dull ache

Causes: poor foot biomechanics (over-pronation); age, weight gain

Treatment: orthotic insoles to correct pronation; exercises; ice; rest or reduced activity

Plantar Fasciitis - Planter Fascitis
Recommended orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis: Footlogics Comfort or Casual