Plantar fasciitis is a common type of heel pain. The “plantar fascia” is a ligament connecting the heel bone to the toes, supporting the arch of the foot. Often called “heel pain syndrome,” the condition is associated with a degeneration of the tissue in the heel. When strained, this ligament can become swollen, weak, or inflamed, leading to significant foot pain when standing, walking, running, or when engaging in sports. As the ligament becomes strained, it gets tiny tears, resulting in further swelling and discomfort. Many people suffer from this condition, which is common in people carrying too much weight, those with high arches, or those who stand, walk, or run often — particularly on harder surfaces such as concrete.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Those who have some level of plantar fasciitis will first notice pain upon standing after sleep, or getting up after sitting for a longer period. The pain may diminish after taking several steps, but can return later, with more intensity. If you are suffering from foot pain, it is important that you get a complete, accurate diagnosis so you can be treated properly. If you are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, ensure you get the best orthotics as part of your treatment.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Orthotics (also called “orthotic insoles”) are helpful in treating heel pain – but for best results, should be customized for a perfect, individual fit. Foot Levelers is known to be the best orthotic brand available, as their products are clinically proven to help reduce pain and promote whole body wellness. There is a significant difference in how Foot Leveler custom orthotics are manufactured, as the process involves the use of a cutting-edge, 3D imaging process. The foot mapping technology used identifies any asymmetries in the feet, arch height, and other unique foot shape issues so that the orthotics produced have a perfect, custom fit. Due to the precise and accurate imaging system, Foot Levelers are the best orthotics to treat cases of plantar fasciitis.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Several factors can lead to a person suffering plantar fasciitis, including:
- An abnormal twisting of the foot (pronation)
- High arches
- Flat feet
- Repetitive pressure
- Excessive weight
- Poorly fitting shoes
- Trauma from impact
Over the Counter Orthotics vs. Foot Levelers
Many types of over-the-counter orthotics are available in drug stores and online, and many people turn to these products to try to alleviate the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Over-the-counter brands are constructed from softer materials and are not custom-fit to the individual foot. Although the softer surface may feel more comfortable for a short time, resolving the damage to the heel ligament can be better resolved with Foot Levelers as one aspect of chiropractic treatment of the condition.
Find out more about Foot Levelers, and get your questions about plantar fasciitis answered by connecting us at Chiropractic Works in Park City, Utah. We invite you to come and visit our practice and have a full evaluation of your heel pain, and receive treatment that does not involve drugs, surgery, or other invasive procedures. Call now.