Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions that causes heal pain. It tends to affect athletes who compete in high impact and running sports as well as middle aged people or those that spend a lot of time on their feet in general. Find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatments for Plantar Fasciitis. Plus, find a range of supports and braces and products to assist with alleviating foot pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis.
Anatomy of the Foot
The plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue, which supports the arch of the foot. It runs from the tuberosity of the calcaneus (heel bone) and extends forwards to the heads of the metatarsal (toes) bones. One of its main functions is to help the foot push off from the ground.
Plantar Fasciitis Causes
The main cause of Plantar Fasciitis is difficult to pin point, however it develops from tiny tears in the ligament due to repeated strain or stress placed on the foot.
Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:
- Sports that place additional stress on the heel bone due to running on the toe rather than the heel EG: running, ballet and aerobics
- Working in a job that requires excessive walking or standing on a hard surface
- Structure of the foot EG: flat feet, high arches, tight calf muscles or Achilles
- Incorrect footwear that don’t provide adequate support, cushioning or are old
- Carrying excess weight places additional strain on the Plantar Fascia
- Ageing, more common in middle aged people
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
The most common symptom of Plantar Fasciitis is heel pain when people first wake up in the morning and place their feet on the ground or take their first few steps.
Common symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis:
- Pain in the bottom of the heel, usually worst in the morning and improving throughout the day.
- Morning stiffness and a painful limp in the morning, however the stiffness goes away after the foot is warmed up.
- By the end of the day pain may be replaced by a dull aching that improves with rest.
- Pain that increases when you climb stairs or stand on your toes.
- Pain after standing for long periods of time.
- Pain at the beginning of exercise that goes away or lessens as exercise continues but returns when exercise is completed.
- Occasional numbness may be experienced along the outside of the sole of the foot.
- Focal tenderness and sometimes swelling of the medial (inside) aspect of the calcaneus (heel bone).
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
There are a number of ways to treat Plantar Fasciitis yourself which include, resting or reduce activity causing the heel pain, wearing appropriate footwear with good arch support and cushioning, icing your heel to reduce inflammation, stretching and in some cases medications to reduce pain.
Please consult with your medical professional for a complete diagnosis of your foot pain and tailored foot pain treatment plan.
Recommended Thermoskin Products:
Under the direction of your medical professional and in conjunction with your advised treatment plan, either of the following Thermoskin supports and braces is recommended:
- Plantar FXT – A semi-rigid strap pulls the toes upwards and the foot into a slight dorsi-flexion position. Contains thermal properties to reduce inflammation. To be worn whilst sleeping.
- Heel Rite – Provides effective support to relieve tension and pain during the day. Support straps provide compression to the plantar fascia attachment at the point of the heel bone for immediate relief. Contains thermal properties to reduce inflammation.
- FXT Compression Socks – Designed with targeted compression zones to relieve symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and arch pain by providing support and comfort.