Plantar Fasciitis. A term used amongst healthcare professionals to describe an inflammation of the plantar fascia – a tough fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of our feet. Plantar fasciitis is rather common, however the cause can vary between individuals. Potential risk factors for plantar fasciitis include: high arches or flat feet, pronated gait, running, walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time, being overweight, wearing poor fitting shoes or tight calf muscles. Because of the wide array of causes for plantar fasciitis, the list of potential treatment options is extensive. We’ve put together a list of our Top 8 Tools for Plantar Fasciitis.
1. Custom Made Orthotics
Orthotics work to support the arch of your arch, plantar fascia and heel of the foot by helping to spread and absorb shock as well as offload areas of high pressure.
2. Plantar Fascia Night Splint
A night splint provides an adjustable stretch to the plantar fascia, allowing it to heel overnight in its fully flexed position.
3. Plantar Fascia Compression Sock
This sleeve applies targeted compression to the plantar fascia to decrease swelling and improve circulation aiding in a faster heeling.
4. In-House Slippers
A designated slipper or house shoe with arch support will allow for your feet to be supported 24/7.
5. Calf Stretchers
This calf stretcher allows you to stretch your calf muscles without damaging your plantar fascia. Improving flexibility in your calf muscles helps remove tension from the plantar fascia.
6. Orthopedic Footwear
Coupled with an orthopedic insole: a strong, sturdy, supportive shoe will decrease the stress and strain on the plantar fascia. Check our our online store for a huge selection of orthopedic footwear.
7. Massage Ball
The targeted nodules massage deep into the plantar fascia and break down scar tissue and reduce inflammation.
8. Junior Roller
Another tool to massage deep layers of the plantar fascia, this junior roller stays put on the ground for targeted relief.
For more information on how to reduce plantar fascia pain visit us in store or book an appointment with our Canadian Certified Pedorthist to have your feet assessed.
MARISSA RAIT - C PED (C)., BSc(KIN)
Canadian Certified Pedorthist