Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of a band of tissue on the bottom of your foot called the plantar fascia. It is triangular in shape attaching at the heel extending to the ball of your foot. It is the most common cause of heel pain. Individuals with plantar fasciitis usually experience pain on the bottom of the heel on initial weight bearing in the morning or after rest. The pain typically eases after a few steps but returns with prolonged activity.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when excessive tension is placed on the fascia causes it to become inflamed. Excessive tension can occur from high impact exercise, obesity, standing or walking for extended periods of time, improper shoe gear, and faulty foot biomechanics such as flat feet. Excessive pronation occurs in individuals with flat feet. As the arch flattens excessive stress is placed on the plantar fascia.
Ortho-Dynamic orthotics and Scott innersoles are an excellent solution to manage excessive pronation. Performing stretching exercises is an excellent means of decreasing tension on the plantar fascia. Stretching of the plantar fascia can also be achieved with the use of a Oviation Night Splint.Compression sleeves can also provide support and decrease swelling associated with heel pain. We recommend the Darco DCS plantar fasciitis sleeve. Supportive shoe gear is essential in the prevention and treatment of plantar fasciitis. Footsupplystore.com has a vast selection of supportive shoes and sneakers to choose from.