Plantar Fasciitis: What you need to know now!

January 04, 2018

Maintaining an active lifestyle and healthy diet is a vital part of living a full and productive life.  But sometimes even our best intentions can be thwarted by our own bodies. From torn rotator cuffs to bad knees, the human body can only take so much wear and tear.  One of the most common ailments many people face—especially runners—is Plantar Fasciitis.

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Also known as runner’s heel, Plantar Fasciitis is a condition many people develop when the plantar fascia ligament in the foot is inflamed or damaged.  Activities that place a lot of stress on your heel—like long-distance running, sports, exercising and walking—can lead to Plantar Fasciitis.

According to The American College of Sports and Medicine the average adult takes between 5,000-10,000 steps everyday!  Because the brunt of this activity is absorbed through the muscles, ligaments and bones of the foot it does not take much to inflame or damage the plantar fascia.

 

How do I know if I have Plantar Fasciitis?

In order to determine if you indeed have this condition, it is wise to seek the guidance of your podiatrist or orthopedic specialist.  On average, people with this condition often report they experience the following symptoms:

  • Sharp or burning pain in sole of your foot when you get out of bed in the morning.
  • Foot pain that occurs as soon as you get up from prolonged sitting or sleeping.  
  • Sudden heel pain or pain that builds gradually, even if it went away previously.
  • Prolonged foot pain that lasts for more than a few days or comes back over and over again.
  • Swelling, redness, or feelings of heat in the heel area.

 

What are the treatment options?

While the severity of your condition will determine the treatment protocol, there are 3 simple steps you can take today to ease your pain.

  • Purchase a pair of custom orthoics.  Custom orthotics will provide support to your plantar fascia while also providing extra comfort in your day-to-day activities.  At FootDoctors Orthotics, we can design custom orthotics for your dress shoes, sports shoes, work boots, and more.
  • Just like with any other ligament or muscle that has become inflamed, rest or immobilization is the most recommended treatment option.
  • Visit your local podiatrist for an evaluation.

Orthotic inserts are one of the most effective ways to ease the pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis as they help distribute pressure to your feet more evenly. FootDoctors Orthotics sells medical grade custom orthotics online. Receive the easy-to-use impression kit within 2 days of placing your order. Once we receive your foot impression kit, our local pedorthist will make your custom orthotics and we will ship them back to you within 5-7 business days. 

There is no reason to suffer in silence. Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition with an easy solution!