Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) that attaches your heel to your toes becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia supports the main arch of the foot and provides shock absorption when you take a step.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include a stabbing pain usually just in front of the heel which may feel tender when touched. Sometimes this pain extends into the arch on the inside of the foot. This pain tends to be worse first thing in the morning and as you move around. Periods of prolonged standing or standing from sitting can also induce this stabbing pain. Chronic foot pain from plantar fasciitis can be extremely debilitating and prevent people from carrying out all of their activities of daily living.
Certain factors increase the likelihood people will suffer from plantar fasciitis. If a foot is flat (pes planus) or has a high arch (pes cavus) there is likely to be an increase in the stress on the plantar fascia resulting in the increased stretching and tearing responsible for plantar fasciitis. Occupations such as nursing and heavy industry that involve long periods of standing or walking on hard surfaces also contribute to a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
There are several different treatment options for plantar fasciitis, but many people find relief from an Orthotic insert. The main objective of treatment with an Orthotic is to reduce stress and tension on the plantar fascia which subsequently leads to a reduction in pain. This is achieved with an Orthotic that provides arch support, shock absorption and cushioning at the heel.
The insoles we recommend for plantar fasciitis in children are: PROGENIE
Would you like to know more about common foot pain problems before making a choice? You may find one of the following blog articles useful:
Achilles Tendonitis Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Achilles Tendonitis?’ blog to find out more.
Diabetic Neuropathy Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Diabetic Neuropathy?’ blog to find out more.
Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction?’ blog to find out more.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?’ blog to find out more.