What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Most people have heard of this foot ailment or know someone who has suffered from it and that is because 1 in 10 people will have Plantar Fasciitis during their lifetime.
The plantar fascia is the ligament that runs from the heel to the front of your foot, and supports the smooth arching motion and acts as a shock absorber when you walk. However, this ligament can get damaged over time due to excessive weight and pressure on it, and may become inflamed or stiff, causing severe pain in the bottom of your heel.
The condition creates a sharp pain on the bottom of your foot, typically the heel but often the arch as well. The pain can be first thing in the morning or walking after a period of rest.
The actual cause of Plantar Fasciitis is unknown but you are more likely to suffer from it if you are overweight , on your feet all day (particularly on hard surfaces), have poor foot posture or tight calf muscles. Running or exercising with old trainers or shoes with little arch support or cushioning can also be a risk factor.
The condition usually goes in time but treatment can speed up recover. Treatments include rest, good footwear, custom insoles (orthotics), painkillers and stretching exercises. More than 95% of people with plantar fasciitis are able to recover within 6 months of onset with the use of proper footwear and home treatments.
Recommended Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
Footwear is an important part of healing from this condition.
It is essential that all your footwear is supportive with a flexible sole, has good cushioning and excellent arch support.
In cases where a custom orthotic has been prescribed by a podiatrist, you may prefer models where the insole can be removed so your own orthotic can be used without changing the internal space in the shoe.
We also recommend you go through all your current footwear and discard any where the insoles have flattened as they no longer offer the cushioning you need. Old trainers which have been enthusiastically pulled out of the back of the cupboard to start a new running hobby are often a major culprit in causing the condition to flare up. Bin them!
We have put together some collections of footwear we recommend to help heal from Plantar Fasciitis. All the shoes in this collection have the above features.
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