You may have heard of the sports injury plantar fasciitis: it benches a myriad of the population each year, from fabulous athletes to your sweet little sister who goes for a brisk stroll each morning. In fact, there is a 10% chance you will suffer from this minor injury at some point in your life. If you are reading this blog, chances are that you are here because you are seeking more information about plantar fasciitis or possibly relief from the physical pain it is known to cause.
What is plantar fasciitis? The plantar fascia is the band of ligaments that connects the heel to the toes, along the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis, also known as jogger’s heel, is a type of sports injury that comes as a result of inflammation, scarring, or deterioration of this area, resulting in heel pain. The name is derived from the band of ligaments because this type of injury comes as a result of overusing the plantar fascia. At-risk groups include persons of middle age, athletes, soldiers, overweight individuals, people with flat feet, and those with an atypical gait. It is not uncommon, and like I mentioned before, it will affect 10% of the population at some point.
If you suffer from heel pain, how can you be sure it is plantar fasciitis? Only a doctor can diagnose you, but there are a few tell-tale signs that this might be the name of your pain:
- It is the most noticeable with the first few steps of the day, right after you get out of bed
- The inside part of the heel (near the arch) is the most intense point of pain
- Difficulty flexing the foot (pointing the toes towards the knee) without pain
- Swelling around the arch of the foot
- Pain when climbing stairs or standing for a long period of time
Okay. So you have plantar fasciitis? Now what? Like other sports injuries, icing the affected area will help to reduce inflammation and soothes pain, but rest is the best. As a runner, I know it’s hard to go two full weeks without a run. I feel your pain! But trying to outrun the pain can only make matters worse. In fact, plantar fasciitis can become chronic, and at that point is known as “plantar fasciosis". It might take up to six months to heal (no pun intended). Investing in a nice pair of orthopedic shoes or insoles can help you immensely! It might help remedy the pain from walking immediately and, when you buy the right size, will help to prevent re-injury.
At Best Insoles, we carry orthopedic shoes specifically designed to help relieve plantar fasciitis, high tech insoles that will relieve the pain, and plantar fasciitis treatment options that will help reduce injury time.