Inflammation of the Plantar Fascia – This is generally the most common cause of heel pain and is sometimes referred to as a heel spur. The Plantar Fascia is sheet-like connective tissue situated deep to the skin and fat layers of the bottom of the foot, running from the heel to the toes. Plantar Fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and can become very painful and troublesome for the sufferer.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
More often than not it occurs from many hours of walking or standing on hard floors but can become evident as a result of a bio-mechanical issue on one or both of the feet. For example, sufferers with flat feet or patients with ‘rolling in of the feet’ (excessive pronation) find they have pain in the heel region. Obesity, extra weight from pregnancy, a sudden increase in walking, a change in a sporting activity or ill-fitting shoes can all cause Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Ideally, an assessment of the foot is wise to discover the cause of the problem as there are several methods which can alleviate the condition, such as arch support insoles and pressure relieving accessories. Self-help methods can be carried out at home, such as massaging, using ice packs and stretching and all of these can be discussed with your Foot Health Practitioner.
Depending on where the pain is felt, prescription insoles or Orthotics are made for you individually and will release the pressure caused by this engineering fault. They are used to restabilize the foot and support the arch and improvement can usually be felt, gradually over the course of two to three months with a marked improvement every two weeks.
State of the art technology will be used to enable 3d scanning, production and styling; this allows the insoles to be manufactured with very little depth, using up only millimetres of room in your shoe.
Orthotics can be moved around to different pairs of shoes so the patient can benefit from the improvement while carrying on with their normal day to day lifestyle.
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