What causes Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) and how Pedors Shoes Help
Plantar Fasciitis often happens with people who have flat feet, high arches, are overweight, or who are on their feet a lot. While it may feel like inflammation, it is associated with a degenerative problem involving the tissue that connects your toes to your heel bone.
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves the swelling of a thick band of tissue (plantar fascia)that is located across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.
Plantar fasciitis typically causes stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. It tends to occur with your first steps in the morning, but normally decreases once you get up and move around. The pain might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting.
Plantar fasciitis can develop without an obvious cause; however, there are factors that can increase your risk of developing this painful condition. These factors include:
- Plantar fasciitis is most common between those 40 to 60 years of age
- Certain types of exercise that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue, like long-distance running, ballet dancing and aerobics can contribute to the onset of plantar fasciitis
- Those with flat feet, a high arch or even an abnormal walking pattern can affect the way weight is distributed and can put added stress on the plantar fascia
- Excess weight can also put extra stress on your plantar fascia
- Occupations like factory workers, teachers and others who spend most of their time standing, or walking can also damage the plantar fascia
Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that can affect your life and regular activities. Changing the way you walk to relieve plantar fasciitis pain might lead to foot, knee, hip or back problems.
Most people who try conservative treatments, such as resting, icing the painful area for 15 minutes 3-4 times a day and incorporating simple exercises that can stretch your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and calf muscles, start to experience good results in just a few months.
You can also use special devices like orthotics to help distribute the pressure to your feet more evenly. Shoe inserts, also called insoles, arch supports, or orthotics, can give you extra cushion and added support. They also help alleviate the discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis, heel pain, metatarsalgia, ball of foot pain, alignment and stability.
You can get them over-the-counter (OTC) or have them custom made. When you choose one, keep in mind that firmer is better, and make sure they have good arch support.
Even more helpful is choosing good orthopedic shoes with a low to moderate heel, thick soles, good arch support and extra cushioning. Don't ever walk barefoot.
Ways to Reduce Inflammation
Rest: It's important to keep weight off your foot until the inflammation goes down.
Ice: This is an easy way to treat inflammation, and there are a few ways you can use it.
To make an ice pack, wrap a towel around a plastic bag filled with crushed ice or around a package of frozen corn or peas. Put it on your heel 3 to 4 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
Or you can fill a shallow pan with water and ice and soak your heel in it for 10 to 15 minutes a few times a day. Be sure to keep your toes out of the water.
Another option is to fill a small paper or foam cup with water and freeze it. Then rub it over your heel for 5 to 10 minutes. Never put ice directly on your heel.
Pain relievers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can make your foot feel better and help with inflammation.
Stretching and exercise: Stretch your calves, Achilles tendon, and the bottom of your foot. Do exercises that make your lower leg and foot muscles stronger. This can help stabilize your ankle, ease pain, and keep plantar fasciitis from coming back.
Athletic tape: Tape can support your foot and keep you from moving it in a way that makes plantar fasciitis worse.
Shoe inserts: Also called insoles, arch supports, or orthotics, they can give you extra cushion and added support. You can get them over-the-counter (OTC) or have them custom made. Typically, your results will be just as good, and cheaper, with OTC inserts. When you choose one, firmer is better -- and make sure it has good arch support.
How To Find Shoes For Heel Pain
What are Foot Orthotics?
Foot Orthotics are appliances that fit in your shoes to provide comfort, pain relief, stability and correction to your feet.
Functional Insoles for Plantar Fascitiis
The Genext Active Orthotics are designed for a deeper shoe such as a walking shoe, comfort shoe or sneaker.
The Genext Low Profile Orthotic is designed for work shoes and flats.
Stay Healthy by Taking More Steps
In a recent study published March 24, 2020 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Aging, a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found that higher daily step counts were associated with lower mortality risk from all causes. What a great incentive to keep walking and enjoying the outdoors!
The Best Insoles for your Feet Sore
The Genext Active Orthotics are designed for a deeper shoe such as a walking shoe, comfort shoe or sneaker. The Genext Low Profile Orthotic is designed for work shoes and flats.
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Pedors is the Solution to Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain
When you go to bed at night, your plantar fascia is not being constantly stretched as it is during the day. So with your first steps in the morning you feel a stabbing pain that will subside as you move around.
The key is to provide great arch support during the day and there are different ways to do this. One way is to wear shoes with good arch support built in or another is to wear quality orthotic products like the ones available at Pedors.
Orthopedic Shoe for Plantar Fasciitis
Pedors specializes in shoes for those suffering with swollen feet, sore feet, edema, lymphedema, corns, bunions, hammertoes, overlapping toes, diabettic foot pain, arthritis and other foot related conditions. We also provide high-quality inserts, Insoles and orthotics for those needing arch support, and those with plantar fasciitis, heel pain, metatarsalgia, ball of foot pain, alignment, and stability.
The Role Of Orthopedic Shoes In Fall Prevention
Often it’s difficult to discern if you or a loved one is at risk for a fall. You can be healthy and active but still at risk for a fall, especially the older you get. There are some risk factors to consider. These could include swollen feet, unclipped toenails, calluses, sores in between toes, hammertoes, bunions, heel pain, corns, edema, diabetic foot pain, which can lead to a compromised gait which in turn affects balance.
Good quality orthopedic shoes from Pedors can help prevent this from happening. Our shoes provide relief from foot pain, while also providing support and comfort.
Pedors has the Best Orthopedic Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
We have a selection of Pedors shoes that will help you with the pain associated with plantar fasciitis, swollen feet, and other foot related problems. Pedor shoes are available in many styles and colors, and in widths ranging from B (medium) to 6E (XXX-wide).
Foot Pain is Serious
StartStanding.Org has written an interesting article about how your shoes may be the reason for your back pain. They suggest always wearing shoes with wide toe-boxes, like Pedors, that allow your feet to spread out naturally when you are walking. It is amazing how wearing the wrong shoes can lead to many health issues.
Pedors Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
We have specially designed orthopedic shoes for both men and women that actually stretch , providing relief from the pain associated with plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and other foot conditions. You can now purchase shoes that provide comfort and support throughout the day. We have several options and colors, with shoe widths ranging from B (medium) to 6E (XXX-wide).