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Insoles can help with Arch Pain

Plantar fasciitis is commonly associated with arch pain because the plantar fascia ligament is attached at the base of the heel bone on the bottom of the foot and runs to the five metatarsal bones in the forefoot area. Therefore, the plantar fascia ligament extends through the bottom of the arch.

When the plantar fascia ligament is stretched tight like a rubber band, it can radiate pain throughout the arch area.

One of the best ways to alleviate arch pain in plantar fasciitis is to support the foot with a good SuperFeet Insoles or Spenco Footbed or a corrective orthotic. This will help to reposition the bones in the foot and stabilize them so that the foot can reduce its stress and fatigue and start to heal itself. Cortisone injections may also be utilized.


SuperFeet Insoles and Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Plantar Fasciitis help with SuperFeet Insoles

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and possibly small tears of the plantar fascia ligament that attaches to the heel bone on the bottom of the foot. The ligament / tendon extends to the forefoot or metatarsal area of the foot. This ligament is very much like a guitar string when it is pulled tight.

Plantar fasciitis not only creates pain in the heel region of the foot; it can cause arch pain. It can be triggered by a number of different situations.

One of the most common situations that triggers plantar fasciitis is over-pronation within the foot. If the foot pronates, collapses and elongates it actually pulls on this ligament and stretches it. It is this pulling motion and stretching motion that takes place in the 8,000 to 12,000 steps we take per day. As we walk, that puts stress on the plantar fascia ligament and triggers it to become inflamed and possibly start to tear.

There are certainly other situations that can trigger plantar fasciitis, like wearing a shoe that may not be the right shape, or offer the right amount of support, or certain types of impacts to the bottom of the foot. Those impacts may put pressure on the plantar fascia ligament causing it to become bruised or stressed.

Plantar fasciitis is commonly treated with a footbed or orthotic in the beginning to try to stabilize the bone structure of the foot so that the plantar fascia ligament can stay more relaxed and undue stress is not put on the ligament.

It is very important in plantar fasciitis situations to wear a very good, stable shoe that offers the foot support. More importantly, it needs to have a very good, supportive footbed or orthotic. It will help the foot function properly with minimal amount of stress on the foot.

Superfeet does not claim that it can cure plantar fasciitis. There are many different variables involved with each individual such as how far along the plantar fasciitis is, where it is located within the ligament and all the other variables such as shoes, environment, body weight, range of motion within the foot and the amount of time the individual spends standing, running or working on their feet.

SuperFeet Insoles are certainly an excellent place to start the healing process.


Using Night Splints to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Monday, January 5, 2009

Wearing a Night Splint on your foot while you sleep, may seem like an uncomfortable proposition. But with a few nights of getting used to it, and the relief of pain the next day, you may soon find yourself looking forward to donning that splint the following nights.

Plantar fasciitis night splints are a cumbersome device for pain relief from plantar fasciitis. A night splint is a brace that attaches to not only the foot, but also the ankle and the lower leg and is worn at night when you go bed. Its intended purpose is to stretch the plantar fascia ligament while you sleep.

The treatment of plantar fasciitis can include a number of options, including night splints. Other treatment options include exercises designed to stretch the plantar fascia ligament, ice massaging of the inflamed area, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, as well as shoe inserts/orthotics. Needless to say an individual must review each of the methods for alleviating the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis; each offers a different level of treatment and blends into your lifestyle differently. Nevertheless, the most commonly used methods, and among the most effective, are night splints and orthotic shoe inserts.

Both night splints and plantar fasciitis orthotics serve the same function and are intended to treat similar heel pain causing conditions. Conditions that these devices treat are plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, and pronation. Both these devices are supported by doctors, and both offer substantial relief from pain. However, they are very different in many aspects and those suffering from heel pain should consider their differences carefully before spending money on a product that does not fit their needs.

Plantar fasciitis night splints allow stretching of the calf and plantar fascia while you sleep, which is intended to minimize stress on the inflamed area on the foot. Some findings have claimed that night splints have helped reduce initial pain after getting out of the bed in the morning; however, there is no conclusive medical research that can prove this. Additionally, night splints cannot provide the support stretching of the plantar fascia ligament that is needed throughout the day while one is on their feet trying to work, exercise, and maintain their everyday routines.

In addition to plantar fasciitis night splints, orthotic shoe inserts are also widely used. This product is much smaller, much simpler, and much easier to use. Simply place the orthotic in your shoe and let it go to work, physically re-stretching the plantar fascia ligament and alleviating pain, while also facilitating complete healing of the inflamed area. Widely recommended by star athletes and doctors alike, this product has a proven success rate and is also much more affordable than night splints.


Plantar Fasciitis and Shoes go hand in hand.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Plantar Fasciitis and Shoes go hand in hand. Sometimes bad shoes cause Plantar Fasciitis and other times plantar fasciitis shoes are worn for treatment of plantar fasciitis. Shoes can take a serious toll on your feet and lead to several painful conditions, including plantar fasciitis. Although they can do serious damage, particularly to athletes, there are ways to reverse the injury that improper footwear can cause and prevent further stints of plantar fasciitis.

Bad shoes lead to plantar fasciitis for several reasons. Often times, exercise can be the culprit of plantar fasciitis since the repetitive stress of running and other activities can cause tears and inflammation to develop in the plantar fascia ligament. Further, additional stress can be placed on the fascia as a result of bad shoes. Sometimes exercise is done with shoes that do not provide the right fit. In addition, these shoes often lack the proper cushioning, particularly in the heel and forefoot, and do not provide the adequate amount of structural support around the arch and mid-foot. With the improved cushioning and support of good athletic shoes, strain on the heel and throughout the foot during exercise can be significantly reduced, helping to prevent plantar fasciitis. However, finding the right shoe for your foot can be difficult and expensive and often Supportive Insoles are a quick and economic fix.

Some plantar fasciitis shoes available are designed to treat the condition without any addition devices. These shoes have a plantar fasciitis treatment method designed in the actual sole of the shoe, allowing you to fight the condition without having to use addition methods. These shoes however have several drawbacks. First, by having an all-in-one shoe with a plantar fasciitis treatment design built-in you become limited. There are only a handful of styles and manufacturers that offer this type of shoe which seriously limits the amount of styles and looks available. In addition, these shoes have a serious draw back when it comes to affordability. In many cases, these shoes can cost over $100 without guarantee of successful treatment. This is why so many people turn to Insoles to treat their discomfort. Most shoes can be easily modified to prevent or treat your plantar fasciitis with Supportive Insoles.

In addition to costly orthopedic plantar fasciitis shoes, there are full orthotic shoe inserts available that are intended to treat conditions of heel pain. Orthotics are among the best ways to treat the pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis and can simply be inserted into any pair of shoes. Although there are many shoe inserts available that claim to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis, few have actual guarantees against such pain. Because there are so many manufactures of full orthotic shoe inserts available, it can often be confusing when choosing the one that is right for you. Be careful when choosing an orthotic that promises nothing more than added support and comfort. These are not plantar fasciitis shoe inserts and merely make the thin soles of current shoes more comfortable, but do not provide a long term treatment and pain relief from plantar fasciitis.

There are effective and more affordable alternatives to plantar fasciitis shoes that can still deliver the ease of shoe insert. The right orthotic shoe inserts are devices that can seriously improve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis and help to prevent plantar fasciitis in the long term. Orthotic Arch Supports are a treatment method that provides lasting relief while costing much less than orthopedic plantar fasciitis shoes.

Ordinary athletic shoes, although a necessary component in plantar fasciitis prevention, are not designed to reverse the conditions of plantar fasciitis once it develops. Orthotic Insoles have several treatment features that ordinary athletic shoes do not provide. For example, HTP Heel Seats feature a patented Fascia Bar, which applies acupressure to the plantar fascia, stretching it and reducing pain and inflammation while you move. In addition, athletic shoes do not provide the necessary structural support around the heel to curb the effects of a current incidence of plantar fasciitis. Without being able to treat the key problem areas, shoes alone cannot heal plantar fasciitis in the long term like Orthotic Arch Supports.

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Running and Plantar Fasciitis

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Why does running cause plantar fasciitis so easily? Plantar fasciitis is especially prone to develop in athletes as a result of extensive running and exercise. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the long, flat ligament on the bottom of the foot (Plantar Fascia) stretches irregularly and develops small tears that cause the ligament to become inflamed. The pain that results from this irritation is usually most noticeable in the morning after getting out of bed. Putting sudden weight on the inflamed area after long periods of rest will cause stress on the area and sudden, aching pain will ensue. However, pain should subside after a while of walking on the foot.

Athletes and runners are particularly prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Stress and tension on the plantar fascia ligament is what causes this condition to develop. Running long distances or putting repetitive pounding on the heel of the foot during exercise often are huge factors that can add excessive stress to the heel of the foot, therefore contributing to development of plantar fasciitis.


When feeling this type of pain, it is best to stop running. Additional and unnecessary strain on the heel will aggravate the area even more, and cause the pain to become even more severe. To exercise without putting strain on the inflamed plantar fascia, it is recommended that alternative activities be done as an alternative to running. Swimming and pool exercises are ideal as long as no strain is put on the heel of the foot. There are also exercises that can be done which stretch the plantar fascia and reduce inflammation.

Here are some important tips for runners that may reduce the chances of developing plantar fasciitis:
· Always stretch before running? Stretching the plantar fascia ligament is a good warm up before putting any sudden stress the heel of the foot during running
· Change your routine gradually? Do not start running up hills and running aggressively. Ease into a running program and gradually increase distance and difficultly
· Rest regularly for long routines? When running long distances, it is best to rest intermittently in order to relieve constant stress on the plantar fascia
· Wear supportive shoes? When running, it is important that runners have good shoes that fit properly and support the heel and arch of the foot


In addition to these methods of preventing and treating plantar fasciitis when running, using an orthotic device is also an excellent way to not only reduce pain, but also to hal the condition completely. Othotics are effective because they flex as you walk or run, providing just the right amount of acupressure to the heel of the foot as your weight shifts without interfering with the fit of the shoe.


Plantar Fasciitis - What is it?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pronounced as "plantar fash-ee-eye-tis"

Plantar means "Foot", Fasciitis means "Inflammation"

A painful condition that can lead to serious health complications

Introduction of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the ligament that connects the heel to the toes; it runs along the bottom of the foot, forming the arch of the foot. When inflamed, the plantar fascia contracts, causing excruciating pain, usually in the morning when it has not yet been stretched out.

This happens most with overuse from obesity or weight gain, frequent walking on hard surfaces, or lack of arch support. It is also called ‘joggers’ heel, tennis heel, Policeman’s heel’ or “heel spur syndrome,” the latter of which is most the common nickname. It is actually a misnomer, though, since heel spurs, or inferior calcaneal exostoses, do not actually cause the pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis is a serious, painful, and progressing illness that occurs when the long, flat ligament along the bottom of the foot develops tears and inflammation. Serious cases of plantar fasciitis can possibly lead to ruptures in the ligament. This ligament is called the plantar fascia and it extends your five toes and runs along the bottom of your foot, attaching to your heel. When you walk or run, you land on your heel and raise yourself on your toes as you shift your weight to your other foot, causing all your weight to be held up by your plantar fascia. Such repetitive force can pull the fascia from its attachment on your heel and cause damage and plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

The most apparent symptom of plantar fasciitis is extremely painful heel pain in the morning,6 but it may also occur after standing or exercising. As the plantar fascia is flexed, however, it tends to loosen up and the pain eases.7 The pain occurs only on the bottom and/or heel of the foot.8 Plantar fasciitis usually only happens in one foot at a time, but has been known to occur in both at the same time. Signs of mild swelling or redness may also be observed.

Causes

While the exact cause is unknown, plantar fasciitis is understood to be the result of repeated small tears in the plantar fascia. These tears can be an effect of several factors: biomechanical, lifestyle, and biological. Sometimes, this condition can result from the way one walks: abnormal pronation, or twisting inward of the foot, high arches, flat feet, tight calf muscles, or tight Achilles tendons. It also results from activities that put great stress on the foot, including walking, running, standing/walking on hard surfaces, sports, walking barefoot too frequently, or wearing shoes that do not provide enough cushion or arch support. Furthermore, biological factors including age, weight5, diabetes and arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis or Reiter’s syndrome) can increase likelihood of development. Also, in some rare cases, plantar fasciitis has been known to occur following a single injury to the foot. Lastly, the condition may strike again in patients who have a history of the condition.

Many factors can cause plantar fasciitis to develop. When walking with a normal step, the plantar fascia ligament stretches as the foot strikes the ground. When walking with an abnormal step, or when putting repetitive pressure on the heel, the plantar fascia ligament can stretch irregularly, become stressed, and develop small tears. These small tears can cause the fascia ligament to become inflamed (plantar fasciitis) and also lead to serious pain.

The pain from plantar fasciitis is described as being dull aching or sharp and can usually be reproduced by flexing the toes upwards (dorsiflexion) and tensing the fascia. Plantar fasciitis tends to worsen after standing or exercising for prolonged periods or after getting out of bed in the morning. Morning heel pain from plantar fasciitis is one of the most common symptoms and occurs because the fascia becomes tense after a protracted rest. As the person walks, the fascia warms up and lengthens slightly, reducing the tension on the ligament and lessening pain.


Causes of Plantar Fasciitis - Overview

· Biomechanical factors, such as abnormal inward twisting of the foot (pronation), high arches, flat feet, or tight tendons along the back of the heel (Achilles tendons).

· Excessive pronation has been found in about 85% of those who suffer from plantar fasciitis. Prontion can be responsible for added tension in the plantar fascia as the arch lowers during standing or walking.

· Repetitive pressure on the feet, such as from jobs or activities that require prolonged walking or standing on hard or irregular surfaces. Running and exercise can also lead to wear and tear on the plantar fascia.

· Aggravating factors, such as being overweight or having poorly cushioned shoes.

· Natural process of aging which may cause tissue in the heels to weaken over time and/or promote wear and tear.

· In rare cases, a single, traumatic injury to the foot such as from a motor vehicle accident can cause the onset of plantar fasciitis.

Diagnoses
Doctors will diagnose plantar fasciitis based on patient history, and by physical examination, paying close attention to signs of pronation or high/low arches. Sometimes, a doctor will perform an x-ray or MRI in order to rule out other possible injuries or causes for pain.

Additional Information on Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is such as common condition, affecting millions of people each year, because the foot must endure significant weight on an almost constant basis. With every step, all of our weight is absorbed by tissue throughout the foot. The heel in particular must absorb the brunt of our body?s weight, not to mention any additional pressure from lifting heavy objects or from other activities. Normally, the foot is should be able to accommodate this weight and allow us to remain on our feet free of pain. But when the foot is loaded to a degree greater than what it can physically tolerate, damage can develop and problems such as plantar fasciitis begin to occur.

As we stand and apply our weight to the foot, the arch drops and the plantar fascia becomes tightened. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the weight that is applied to the foot is so great that the tension in the plantar fascia increase, causing damage as it begins to pull away from the heel bone. This is a very important concept to understand and is probably why plantar fasciitis is such a misunderstood medical condition. The painful symptoms of plantar fasciitis do not result from standing on the heel, but rather result from overwhelming tension or repetitive stress that is exerted on the plantar fascia as we stand or exercise. In such instances, the plantar fascia can become so tight that it is literally being torn from the bottom of the heel bone.

Navigate throughout our website for the most complete resource guide to Plantar Fasciitis. If you are trying to find an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis and related heel pain conditions, be sure to read about the clinically proven HTP Plantar Fasciitis Treatment


Patient Demographics

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain, affecting millions of people each year. Most commonly, overweight women,12 active men between the ages of 40 and 70, and athletes.


Increasing your risk for Plantar Fasciitis

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

You have a greater chance of developing Plantar Fasciitis if you:

  • Are middle-aged or older.
  • Walk with an inward twist or roll of the foot (pronation) or have high arches or flat feet.
  • Are overweight or suddenly gain a lot of weight.
  • Have tight Achilles tendons (which attach the calf muscle to the heel bone) or tight calf muscles.
  • Have habits or do activities that increase the stress on your feet, such as:
    • Wearing shoes with poor cushioning.
    • Walking or running without being conditioned for these activities.
    • Changing your walking or running surface (for example, from grass to concrete).
    • Having a job that involves prolonged standing on hard surfaces.
  • Are an athlete or a member of the military. Some athletes, especially runners, are more likely to get plantar fasciitis because of:
    • Factors that affect the way their feet strike the ground, such as not having enough flexibility in the foot and ankle or having stronger muscles in one leg than in the other.
    • The repetitive nature of sports activities.
    • Improper training.

If you are a runner, you increase your chance of developing plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Abruptly change how hard or how long you run.
  • Run on steep hills.
  • Wear running shoes that do not have a cushioned sole, lack good arch support, or are worn out.