What is Plantar Faciitis?

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If you are dealing with chronic pain in your heel that is especially bad first thing in the morning, you are likely suffering from plantar fasciitis.

The plantar fascia are the ligaments that run along the sole of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the metatarsals (bones just behind the toes.)

Its job is to support the arch of your foot, and to put some “spring in your step.” But, unfortunately, it’s the sight of an all-to-common inflammation that causes intense pain in the heel and across the bottom of the foot.

This inflammation and pain is known as plantar fasciitis.

 

Symptoms 

  • Intense heel pain, especially first thing in the morning and after a long day.
  • Difficulty walking or standing for long periods without pain

Generally, the sharp pain associated with plantar fasciitis is localized to the heel, but it can spread forward along the plantar fascia and back into the Achilles tendon.

While severe cases can result in chronic pain that lasts all day, the most common flare ups occur first thing in the morning, making those first steps out of bed a form of torture, and in the evening after having spent a day on your feet.

 

   Causes and Risk Factors


  • Poor quality footwear
  • Excess weight
  • Commonly occurs in people over 50
  • Overuse or strain by athletes, especially runners

Plantar fasciitis is caused by overuse of the plantar fascia due to walking or running in poorly supported footwear.

It’s not surprising to note that healthy, active adults are the most common victims of plantar fasciitis: runners, joggers, basketball players, tennis and racquetball players… basically any sport that requires quick or repetitive movements combined with impact on the heel and arch of the foot can lead to plantar fasciitis.

Seniors are also at risk due to the ligament and bone issues common to those of older years. Another leading cause of plantar fasciitis is being overweight or obese.  In this case, while a sports-related injury may not be to blame, just the daily stress of walking with too much excess weight straining the plantar fascia ligaments can lead to inflammation and painful heel pain.

Anyone whose job requires long periods of standing or walking is prone to develop plantar fasciitis as well.

While it’s not common, untreated plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic heel pain, permanent problems walking, and injury to the knees, legs, hips, and back.

 

   Treatment


Relieving the pain caused by plantar fasciitis boils down to two basic needs:

  • Reduce the inflammation
  • Support and stretch the plantar fascia

If you can accomplish those two goals, you should note pain relief more quickly.

Doctors treating plantar fasciitis will recommend the following options for accomplishing this:

  • Rest– Get off your feet as much as possible when the pain is at its worst.  If you must walk or run, try to stay off hard, unforgiving surfaces and wear supporting footwear.
  •  Ice– Use ice on the heel several times a day to help reduce swelling.
  • OTC Pain Relievers – Take Tylenol, Advil, or other over-the-counter pain relievers that contain acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen to help lessen the inflammation and ease pain.
  • Stretches – Stretch your toes, calves, and foot repeatedly throughout the day to keep the Achilles tendon and the plantar fasciia limber.
  • Orthotics – Purchase insoles, inserts, or orthopedic shoes designed to support the arch of the foot and wear them at all times.
  • Night splints– Purchase splints that will stretch the Achilles tendon as you sleep, helping to lessen morning heel pain.
  • Cortisone – If none of the above helps, your doctor may prescribe regular injections of cortsone to control the pain.
  • Surgery– As a last resort, your doctor may attempt surgery to repair the plantar fascia.

PLEASE NOTE: While some or all of these options may be effective in temporarily easing the pain of plantar fasciitis, they can also be difficult, costly, uncomfortable, and even dangerous!

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   How Can the FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve Help?


Plantar Fasciitis pain relief with the FS6 Compression Foot SleeveThe FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve utilizes patent pending Compression Zone Technology™ to offer six zones of graduated compression that embraces your plantar fascia, your heel, and your Achilles tendon to relieve heel pain, support the structure of the foot, and improve circulation to reduce swelling and inflammation.

With its easy-on-easy-off design, the FS6 provides medical grade support without resorting to hot and bulky neoprene, plastic or Velcro.  Instead, you simply slip the sleeve on, then wear your normal socks and shoes over it.

You’ll never even know it’s there!

The support the FS6 provides for the plantar fascia offers a continual stretch as you walk or run, even while you sleep, much like more expensive and uncomfortable orthotics and night splints.

And, since it’s designed to offer pain relief while allowing you to stay active, it can lessen or eliminate a need to rest your sore feet when it’s not convenient to do so.

In conjunction with simple measures such as icing and stretching during particularly bad flare-ups, using the FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve provides all-day pain relief and a preventative measure to reduce future attacks.