It’s morning and boy you are all set to wake up! It’s been a long time since you’ve slept for full 8 hours and that has made you energized….fully pumped, ready to take on whatever life throws at you. You get up and….
You are feeling discomfort and pain in your heels and feet’s soles… You made considerable efforts to overcome the pain but it was in vain because the pain gets worse. This may be due to the development of plantar fasciitis.
It is not easy to pronounce. This disorder has one more name (i.e. ‘Jogger’s Heels’) and it is one of those common causes that results as pain in your heels. You need to pay attention on the anatomy discussion on ‘Jogger’s Heels’ to have a better idea about it. This is the reason your high attention is expected here.
Plantar fascia – It is a flat stripped tissue that connects the bone of heel to the toes. Arch of you foot is supported exceedingly well by this tissue. Due to this prime quality support the Plantar Fascia Camera remains under severe pressure all the time.
As the time goes plantar fascia gets irritated, swells, and weakens. When the strain repeats itself on consistent basis then it results in tears in the ligament. This is the situation when problem starts showing its face. You feel discomfort or pain in the bottom of your feet or heels when you stand-up or start walking after few hours of sitting.
What are the reasons behind?
Among middle aged persons this type of condition is quite usual. Though, you need to know that ‘Jogger’s Heels’ can trap anyone either old or young. People who use their feet more than the usual have more chances of getting affected with ‘Jogger’s Heels’ for example athletes, soldiers etc. Below are some of the possible reasons that can cause this condition:
- You have high arches or flat feet
- Inward feet rolling excessively while walking
- If you have few pounds more than the ideal body weight
- Torn and worn shoes without a comfortable fit to your feet
- Too tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons for comfort
You should understand that all pains related to foot cannot be considered as the signs of ‘Jogger’s Heels’. People who were diagnosed with this disorder feel the pain when they move out of their bed or stand up after spending some time in sitting.
After taking few steps forward the pain and stiffness gets lighter but there can be increase in pain if you use your feet excessively all day long. Standing for a long time and climbing stairs can be a quite painful situation for the people suffering with plantar fasciitis because it hurts their soles and feet quite badly.
Shoes that are specially designed for Plantar Fasciitis
Your shoes, should ideally fit you and they should be enriched with soft upper and firm sole. You also need to make sure that there is at least allowance of 0.5-inch between tip of the shoe and your longest toe. There should also be sufficient amount of space for the toes for upward wriggling. Below are some of the points that can be helpful for you in getting the right pair of shoe:
- Heel counters with needed stability
- High quality arch support
- Closure system with needed amount of security
- Minimum midsole torque
Shoes with open-heel for plantar fasciitis are available. But if you like to experience the smoother comfort then you can go for the shoes with closed-heel because it will help you in reducing pain in more convincing manner.
Insoles made for Plantar Fasciitis
You can maintain the structure and health of your feet with strong and proper support of arch. Having removable insoles can be more beneficial for you, and you like to have thin and hard soles that fit with your plantar fasciitis shoes. Excessive pronation can be minimized with the help of strong arch support specially designed for these types of footwear. It also helps in relieving some of the pressure against Achilles tendons and plantar fascia.
Night splints and other related products
- As the name suggests night splints are used in night for stretching the ligament gently that supports Achilles tendons and arch of your feet. Along with that they also protect your feet from getting stiff while sleeping.
- Strain cause in plantar fascia can be reduced up to 34% with the help of Footbeds. You need to use an oven for heating these Footbeds and place them inside your shoes and then after mold such Footbeds to your feet.
- Graduated compression can help in improving the circulation of blood in your feet. Compression socks and specially designed sleeves can be ideal for the purpose. These products can be really helpful in plantar fascia stabilization.