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Plantar Fasciitis and its Treatment Options

Could you have plantar fasciitis?

A few months ago, I started to feel a pain under my heel when I took my first few steps after getting out of bed. The pain that I felt was strange because in the beginning, I only felt it in the morning when I took my first few steps after getting out of bed. It didn’t take long before I found out that I am suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a very common foot condition but many people do not realize that they suffer from this condition. If you have heel pain, it is most likely that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. So what exactly is this common foot condition? Could you have Plantar Fasciitis?

This foot condition is caused when your plantar fascia gets week or irritated and becomes swollen and inflamed. What is your plantar fascia? Well, it is a band of tissue that is located at the bottom of your foot connecting your toes with your heel. There are many different reasons as to why this band of tissues can become weak or irritated. In my case, my plantar fascia is becoming week because I am overweight. In the past year, I gained a lot of weight which is putting a lot of pressure on my plantar fascia causing it to become weak. Other factors that cause the plantar fascia to become weak and irritated include:

Other foot conditions such as having flat feet or high arches

 

Tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons

Increased physical activities, especially on hard surfaces

 

Tight or worn out shoes

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

When I found out that I might be suffering from plantar fasciitis, I visited my doctor who checked my feet and watched me as I walked and stood to determine if my plantar fascia was being pressured. In addition to that he asked me a few other questions including:

What pain symptoms do you experience?

Where is the pain?

At what time of the day does your foot hurt the most?

How much physical activities do you partake in?

However, in the end, he concluded that the combination of my physical activities and my weight problem is the main cause of my condition. Naturally, my first question to my doctor was, “What are the best options to help treat Plantar Fasciitis?”.

What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis?

One of the first things that my doctor told me is that if I want to help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis quickly and easily, I need to conduct certain physical exercises on a daily basis. Stretching your calves and your plantar fascia are two of the most common exercises that you should partake in if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. In addition to those two exercises, my doctor also recommended Insoles for plantar fasciitis treatment. Orthotic insoles are currently one of the primary treatment options for plantar fasciitis. It is recommended by chiropodists, podiatrists and physiotherapists all across the world. Orthotics provide biomechanical correction to the damages caused by placing too much pressure on the plantar fascia. They support the arch of the foot and release the excess strain that it placed on the plantar fascia. 

How do I Choose the Right Orthotics? 

When my doctor recommended Orthotic Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis, I was a bit confused. I did not know what they were and I did not know which one to buy. It turns out that there are four main types of orthotics. These are:

 

Rigid Orthotics

If your case of plantar fasciitis is caused by excessive pronation, by being overweight or by having uneven leg lengths, then these are the perfect orthotics for you. They will control your motion and will help ease the pain caused by the plantar fascia.

 

Soft Orthotics

In my case, these were the perfect orthotics. Not only do they absorb shock but they also improve your balance and remove all the pressure from the areas that hurt the more. In addition, they are made from lightweight material. When you have on these orthotics, you won’t even know that you have them on.

 

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Just like rigid orthotics, these provide balance. They are made by layers of cork and leather and also does a great job to release the pressure and relieve the pain.

 

Custom-Made Orthotics

Custom-made orthotics are normally thought to be expensive because they are made specifically for you; however, this is not the case. Custom-made orthotics are affordable even though they are made specifically for you based on the recommendations made by your doctor. They offer a variety of benefits including:

They help to improve your mobility.

They relieve tension on your back and knee.

They improve our posture.

They help you in sports and improve your performance. 

 

 

 

 

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