You might not be familiar with plantar fasciitis by name, but you may well have experienced problems with it without realising. It’s a painful condition caused by pressure that can be put on our feet, even from normal activities like walking and running. Fortunately there are various ways to tackle the causes of the condition and manage the painful symptoms, including specialist plantar fasciitis insoles for shoes and other techniques to minimise the stress placed on your feet.
The problem concerns the plantar fascia, which connects the entire length of the foot and should be flexible enough to stretch and bend correctly as you take each step and the position of your foot changes. If your foot remains too flat as you walk, it doesn’t flex as much and therefore doesn’t absorb the shock of hitting the ground as it should. This shock is then absorbed by the whole foot and actually affects the rest of your leg muscles and joints all the way up to your back. The plantar fascia loses some of its elasticity over time as it comes under more stress, which might be caused by long periods of activity like sports, or simply walking around your office at work. It can become inflamed as a result, often at the heel which is where most people suffer pain, but also along the length of the foot. The pain tends to be more noticeable at the start and the end of the day, but some people end up suffering from it to the extent that they’re unable to walk or go to work for a while.
This is more likely if you start to experience the symptoms but do nothing about it. Fortunately, there are things you can try to relieve the pain, with both long term and short term solutions available. A great example is using removable, liquid orthotic insoles which can be inserted into your shoes before spending a day on your feet. Liquid insoles are the most effective type for spreading out the pressure of walking and making it easier for your foot to move naturally. This is better for circulation and relieves pressure on your joints, but for treating plantar fasciitis this is a particularly effective remedy.