Plantar fasciitis or inflammation of the plantar fascia comes about when the ligament suffers microscopic tears where it joins the heel bone, or along the ligament itself. With incorrect foot mechanics, overutilization or other catalysts, the force on the plantar fascia during running and walking and the shift of body weight from one foot to the other can tear the fascia from and develop microscopic tears.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful and stubborn condition. At its most extreme, serious cases can possibly lead to ruptures in the ligament.
Wearing good shoes at all times is very important in treating plantar fasciitis and avoiding it in the first place. Often wearing badly fitting or made shoes can lead to plantar fasciitis. Avoid walking barefoot or wearing flip-flops as the heel doesn’t have any cushioning and this can damage the plantar fascia. The best shoes for treating the condition should have no or minimal heel (for ladies, keep heels under 3 inches), a well-cushioned sole, and padded arch support. Some shoes tend to lack sufficient cushioning, especially at the heel and front foot, and don’t allow enough structural support around the arch and mid-foot. With improved cushioning and support of good shoes, the strain on the heelbone and along the foot while exercising can be lowered by a large amount, preventing plantar fasciitis.
How a shoe fits is important. Wearing shoes that are too small is likely to aggravate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. When choosing shoes or trying on shoes that have been purchaed and delivered on the internet, patients should do so late in the day. This is because as the day progresses, feet swell and become slightly larger than in the morning. Furthermore, people often have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. If so, patients should check the fit based on how the larger foot feels. It is better for shoes to be slightly too big than vice versa.
When selecting shoes, focus on the cushioning and support for the bottom of the foot, heel, and front of your feet. Making sure shoes are comfortable is key and there shouldn’t be any pressure points on any single part of the foot. Choose shoes with a slightly broader toe area to reduce any troubles with bunions or other toe conditions. Five finger shoes is very suitable for Plantar Fasciitis, you can try it.
Athletic shoes that fit well and provide good support are a good choice. Running shoes must be replaced frequently as the innersoles often break down over time. If you look at a pair of new running shoes and compare them to your old pair you will clearly tell the difference in support and cushioning supplied by the brand new pair. Exchanging your running shoes is a genuinely good investment for battling plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis shoes have treatments integrated into the innersole of the shoe, allowing you to treat the condition without requiring special innersoles.
Some shoes have specific devices which apply the optimal pressure to the plantar fascia, stretching it the required amount and reducing pain and swelling. Also, plantar fasciitis shoes are designed with built-in structural support around the heel to protect it from any additional damage.
Early diagnosing and a mapped out treatment plan are crucial for healing plantar fasciitis. If treatment is delayed or deficient in the early stages of the condition, the condition can take nearly 18 months or more to be fully healed. Nevertheless by adhering to a properly mapped out treatment plan and fusing some of the individual treatment methods available, thankfully in the majority of cases, non-surgical treatment cures the condition. Only in the most extreme cases is surgery necessary.