If You Are In Early Stages Of Plantar Fasciitis

Right Now Is The Time To Start Taking Care Of Your Feet And Get The Correct Footwear

Our feet are pretty amazing pieces of biomechanical engineering. They are strong enough to help us balance our weight and move around, but also delicate enough that an injury can require lifelong management.

I didn’t know what Plantar Fasciitis was up until about six months ago when one of my coworkers told me about it. For the past couple months I had noticed Greg limping around and complaining about pain. He  left work once and called in a few times due to pain in his foot.

Everyone around the office was thinking he was faking just to get out of work. So I just asked him what was going on when he came back into work. He told me that his foot was hurting him so bad that sometimes he couldn’t even walk. He went to the Doctor and that is when he found out he had Plantar Fasciitis, he didn’t even know.

I really felt for the guy because I could see that this was making life miserable for him. So everyday for a couple weeks I searched  the internet to try to find a shoe or insole that could at least make his day bearable. During my research I found that there are millions of people affected by this and just like Greg, it was ruining other peoples lives as well.

So I decided to do some more research & write this article. I have some great recommendations on shoes and inserts at the end of this article, hopefully this will help.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis

 

The foot has a tough and fibrous ligament that runs underneath it. This is the plantar fascia. It helps to support the muscles of the foot and is the part of the foot that often aches when we’ve been standing on it for a long time.

The problem is that this fibrous ligament can become overstretched and overworked. When this happens, small tears can occur that cause pain, discomfort, and inflammation. This is what is referred to as Plantar Fasciitis.

How Does it Feel?

Unfortunately, this is a condition that can be debilitating to many people. The local inflammation and micro-tearing can result in pain that makes walking and standing uncomfortable. In fact, many people around the country likely have the early signs of this condition but don’t know it yet.

For many people, the first sign of this condition is when they get out of bed in the morning and feel pain underneath the foot. Usually, this pain subsides after moving around but will often return when standing still for a while.

there are a range of potential causes of this condition, but how do you know if you have it? What are the symptoms? Consider the following:

Discomfort: Have you ever felt something in your shoe, such as a small stone? It can be an irritating and uncomfortable experience until you get rid of it. If you have the sensation of a small stone under your foot or heel and there’s nothing there, it could be a sign that you’re developing this condition.

 

 

Pain when you get out of bed: One of the most common signs of this condition is when you first get up in the morning and feel pain underneath your foot. In fact, this pain can be quite debilitating and many people assume that it’s something to do with a pulled muscle, twisted ankle, or heel spur.

  • If the pain disappears after a few minutes of using it and then comes back when standing up, it’s more than likely to be an inflamed plantar fascia ligament.
  • Tight Achilles: The Achilles tendon runs in a line behind the heel up the leg. If you find that this is unusually taut and tight, it might just be an early sign of this condition.
  • With plantar fasciitis, dorsiflexion of the foot(toes being lifted toward the shin) can worsen the pain. This is a natural reaction for a lot of people to stretch your foot in this motion when experiencing pain.
  • Tight calf: Likewise, tight calf muscles usually go hand in hand with tight Achilles tendons. Tight calf muscles inhibit the foots ability to flex and can lead to, or worsen Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Pain in one foot: Unilateral foot pain occurs in over 75% of plantar fasciitis cases. This could happen due to people unconsciously favoring one leg over the other. The foot with which an individual begins walking is usually the foot affected by plantar fasciitis. If you feel significant pain in only one foot,  you may have this condition.
  • Burning Sensation: Some people describe feeling a burning sensation along the sole of the foot
  • Difficulty climbing stairs: The heel stiffness that this condition can cause may lead to extra difficulty when trying to climb stairs. Climbing stairs can also lead to a sudden sole stretch, causing irritation and pain.
  • Pain after stopping activity: The pain and aching often subsides during activity, but often returns with a vengeance after stopping the activity when at rest.

What Causes Plantar Fisciitis?

 There are a number of common factors that make its development more likely, including:

  • Being overweight: Unfortunately, many health conditions are associated with being overweight. Studies show people who are overweight  are 70% more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to people of healthy weight. These individuals usually take shorter steps, which places more pressure on the heel.
  • Carrying more weight is also linked to flattening of the arches. Due to the increased pressure on your plantar fascia ligaments, especially if you have a sudden weight gain. Pregnant women experience bouts of plantar fasciitis, particularly during late pregnancy.
  • Standing for long periods: Any activity that places pressure on the feet will potentially cause issues with the Plantar Fascia ligament. People who work in environments where they are on their feet a lot, espicially on a concrete floor, often have aching feet.
  • This is because all of that standing places lots of stress on the feet and on the ligament underneath it. Over time, this can lead to localized inflammation and micro tearing in the ligament.
  • Flat feet: Many people have collapsed arches and flat feet. This is why the best shoes have adequate arch support. Unfortunately, people with flat feet are more prone to developing this inflammatory condition.
  • High arches: Similarly, people with high arches are also more prone to developing inflammation and micro tearing in this supportive ligament.
  • Unusual gait: There are also many people who have unusual walks and gaits. This can be caused by illness, injury, genetic factors, or abnormalities in the legs or feet,  such as pigeon feet. These unusual gaits can place undue stress on the feet and the ligament, potentially causing issues.
  • Under pronation: Referred to as supination occurs when the foot rolls outward toward the ankle. Some under pronation is normal during regular movements or when exercising. But if this type of movement becomes excessive(to much running)it may cause pain and damage to the tissue in the feet.
  • Inexpensive shoes: It might be tempting to buy inexpensive shoes, but they can be the cause of numerous foot problems, including an inflamed plantar fascia. It’s always worth spending a little more on good shoes because they tend to offer better support for the foot and the ligament that runs underneath it.
  • Inexpensive and thin shoes often do not provide enough support for the plantar fascia ligament and this can place undue stress upon it, causing weakness and micro tearing.
  • Worn-out shoes: In the same vein, even good shoes can become unsupportive after a while. If your shoes are worn out and need replacing, they could be doing your feet more harm then you realize. 

Can it Be Treated?

The good news is that treatments are available. Often, just applying ice packs to the area three to four times per day can relieve the pain and also help reduce the inflammation.

This is often done in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medication that also helps to reduce inflammation and symptoms. In many cases, this treatment and rest can alleviate the condition. In more serious cases, it may be necessary to have strong anti-inflammatory medication injected into the area to relieve it.  

 

MORE TREATMENTS...

Physical Therapy: Your doctor might recommend that you go to a physical therapist. You’ll learn exercises to strenghten your plantar fascia, achillies tendon, and lower leg muscles. Your physical therapist may also use:

Massage: Some say that this is the least effective way to treat plantar fasciitis, but studies do show that it loosens the tendons, ligaments, and fascia that have become painfully tight over time, relaxing them back into their normal posture.

Contrast Baths: A special type of whirlpool treatment that can help improve circulation around your injured tissue. Doing this can also decrease pain & swelling, and improve mobility.

Ultrasonography: A procedure that uses ultrasonic energy to cut and remove damaged, pain-generating tissue while sparing healthy foot tissue.

Shock-wave Therapy: This will literally shock your plantar fascia with sound waves. It stimulates blood flow in the foot and helps the tissue heal. It also stuns your nerves to stop pain.

Tenex Procedure: An ultrasound used to target and remove scar tissue. This procedure allows you to get back to your regular routine in as little as 10 days.

Surgery(A Last Resort): This operation takes your plantar fascia off of your heel bone. You usually go home the same day, bu will have to wear a splint or boot for a certain amount of time.

How Can Footwear Help?

 Despite the fact that there are treatments available, it’s really important to alleviate the pain from this condition. Even with treatment, it may take some time for proper recovery so wearing the right footwear is crucial in this process. In this context, what are the best shoes for plantar fasciitis treatment?

The right footwear is important because it can minimize the chances of developing plantar fasciitis in the first place but it can also help to alleviate any pain. In fact, many people also invest in special orthotic inserts that help to relieve pressure where the pain and inflammation is under the foot.

 

hERE ARE a few of the best inserts

SuperFeet Insoles

These insoles have a contured shape that stabilizes the feet, helping reduce some of the stress on the plantar fascia. This provides padding under the heel bone to help reduce the effect of impact forces on the already inflamed structure.

Footminders

The Footminders insole is made of medium density EVA foam. Also the heel area includes an additional “Shock Pad” made from Durapntex that helps add extra absorption so your insole takes the brunt of it rather than your foot. The ball of your foot also has added padding for comfort. The heel and ankle are supported by a deep heel cup and the top layer of the insert is covered with a soft, moisture-absorbing fabric that is resistant to bacteria. These are good for a work enviroment where you are on your feet all day.

Powerstep by pinnacle

The Powerstep has a semi-rigid support shell with built-in arch support and a deep heel cradle to help foot stability and improve alignment. The spring-like action of the polypropylene support provides bounce back with every step. Energy-activating PORON® Cushioning foam for shock absorption, maximum propulsion and an energy-efficient stride. Strong mesh top fabric promotes air flow and creates a massaging effect with each step, decreasing heat and perspiration. Powerstep Breeze combines support, balance and cushioning to relieve foot pain and Plantar Fasciitis.

samurai

Samurai Insoles were designed by a prominent podiatrist, targeting problems from tired, flat feet. Unlike cheaper shoe inserts, these Insoles feature a springy molded orthotic core that provides just the right amount of support in all of the right areas. That means  being able to take on your day without the exhausted feet you’ve dealt with everyday. You get the all-day comfort you been looking for,low-profile, wear-anywhere orthotic insoles that will fit great in your shoes

STRIDE BY TREAD LABS

A deep heel and firm structure make Tread Labs Stride insoles a very good pick for those dealing with the pain of plantar fasciitis. They come in four different arch heights allowing for a more precise fit than most insoles. Foam throughout the length of the insole creates all-day comfort, and a top layer of bacteria-ridding fabric kills germs and eliminates odors. These very supportive insoles also help with alignment and balance. One feature that makes these stand out from others is they are a 2-part insole. This means the top covers can be swapped out depending on the shoe selection and activity. Tread Labs Stride insoles are a one of the best, but higher priced.

sole

Sole Performance Thick inserts are latex  free, vegan, and made with recycled cork base for flexible and forgiving cushioning. Features include odor control, a moisture-wicking top sheet, and high-volume cushioning add to the function of these insoles, which make these a great pick for running, hiking, and work. The top sheet absorbs shock and curve to the wearers’ feet. These are zero drop, which means your heel is at the same height as the ball of your foot, so people with low or regular arches won’t feel the stress.

runpro

You can choose from three profile heights, low , medium, or high arch. A deep heel cup for a better in shoe fit. Triple layer design for optimum moisture wicking, which means fewer blisters. Dynamic arch technology made from silver Nylon 6 composite will help with natural foot guidance. The bottm layer has a Decoupled heel for reduced pronation.

The truth is that every foot is different and while one kind of shoe might work for someone, it may not work well for someone else. In this sense, the best shoes for plantar fasciitis are the ones that work to alleviate the pain. This may certainly be brand-specific and entirely subjective.

Are There Any Specific Brands That Help?

If you’re suffering from this painful condition, the first thing to do is talk to a doctor to get a referral to a podiatrist. They may have their own recommendations when it comes to footwear but many well-known brands have developed therapeutic footwear just for conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

Birkenstock, for example, offers supportive shoes that are often excellent for alleviating plantar fasciitis pain. It really is a case of trial and error, though, as not every Birkenstock shoe will be ideal for reducing the pain.

What many people with this condition actually do is invest in shoes for different activities. For example, you might buy a pair of comfortable Birkenstocks for everyday activities that include a lot of standing but you might buy another pair for sports. In this area, both Brooks and New Balance manufacture shoes that offer the right kind of support.

What Qualities to Look for in Shoes to Help with Plantar Fasciitis

  • Arch support: As plantar fasciitis is a degenerative condition that is caused by too much stress being placed on the plantar fascia ligament, it’s important to wear a shoe that has excellent support for the arches of the foot. When the shoe provides this kind of support, the ligament is held in a good position.
  • This helps relieve pain by supporting the foot, reducing overprontion, and reducing the tension on the fascia.
  • Cushioning: Importantly, you’ll also need a shoe that offers good cushioning for the underneath of the foot. The right amount of cushioning will absorb the impact when the heel hits the ground. 
  • This is a painful condition and the right cushioning can mean the difference between a short and a long recovery time.
  • High-Quality Materials: Look for slippers that are made using high-quality materials that are durable and built to last.
  • The Correct Heel Cup: Look for these 3 things
  • Deep Heel Cup-This protects the heel bone and controls pronation and supination.
  • Firm Heel Cup-This helps the rearfoot to be gripped, so that it does not shift or waver.
  • Flared Heel Cup-This will stabalize the foot and prevent wobbling.
  • Flexibility: Your shoe should bend gradually and offer some resistance.
  • DO A BEND TEST- Using both hands hold the shoe by the heel and toe.  Try to bend the sole of the shoe in the middle.  If the sole offers no resistance and collapses in the middle, do not get that shoe.

 

 

The right footwear can really make a difference to recovery and everyday comfort

 

So let’s get to the best part, shopping for shoes! I am am going to have 3 catagories below:

Home & Relaxation-For just being around the house or for a more relaxed atmosphere

Work & Everyday Use-For being on your feet all day and some recommendations on boots as well

Active Lifestyle-This section will be for activities like running, basketball, tennis, etc…

 

HOME & relaxation

WHEN YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING AND YOUR FEET FIRST HIT THE GROUND, A SHARP PAIN SHOOTS THROUGH YOUR FEET, SOUND FAMILIAR. TRY SLIPPING INTO COMFY SLIPPERS INSTEAD OF THE HARD FLOOR.

women's slippers

Women's Orthofeet Capri Camel slipper

  •  Anatomical arch support that helps improve foot and leg alignment
  •  Light-weight sole and Ergonomic-Stride(TM) design puts a  spring in your step, and helps improve foot motion.
  • Protective Interior eliminates pressure points & friction against skin
  • Soft, non-binding upper design offers a superior solution for bunions and sensitive feet.
  • Adjustable fit provides a lacing system for a perfect fit.

women's Vionic Adilyn Canvas Slipper

  • Plush synthetic terry-type material provide warm padding
  • Podiatrist-designed orthotic footbed
  • Biomechanical technology helps relieve heel pain, oint problems, and pronation
  • Wave patterned rubber soles ensure a safe grip

Spenco Women's Supreme slipper

  • Deep Heel Cupping
  • Cushioned forefoot
  • Zero-drop heel lift for a pain free fit
  • non-slip
  • Antimicrobial controls odor
  • Orthotic-grade support for your arch
  • Spenco’s proven TOTAL SUPPORT® contour fit, which means it’s made for comfort

Vionic Women's Relax Slipper

  • Built in exclusive orthotic footbed
  • Reduce foot fatigue caused by hard flat floors.
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop closure for customized fit and easy on and off.
  • Footbed treated with anti-bacterial, odor-resistant Ecofresh.
  • Received APMA Seal of Acceptance
  • Flexible EVA midsole absorbs shock and reduces stress

Acorn Womens Chinchilla Collar slippers

  • Weatherproof  outsole is skid-resistant
  • Lined in luxurious faux chinchilla
  • Lofty Acorn memory foam midsole
  • Enhanced raised heel and arch for stability and support
  • Warm and cozy plush uppers
  • Comfort cushion layer of featherweight EVA guarantees total comfort and therapy for feet

Sorel Women's Nakiska Slide

  • Suede leather upper
  •  Removable molded EVA footbed covered with wool/acrylic blend
  • Rubber outsole makes for great traction and durability
  • Wool/acrylic blend lining

men's slippers

Orthofeet ashville brown slippers

  • Premium orthotic insoles, featuring anatomical arch support  and multiple cushioning layers help improve foot and leg alignment
  • Light-weight sole and Ergonomic-Stride(TM) design puts a  spring in your step, and helps improve foot motion.
  • Hook and Loop straps enable you to adjusts the slippers for a great fit
  • Xtra depth design with removable orthotic insoles that are ¼” thick
  •  PAIN RELIEF GUARANTEED!

Spenco Supreme Slipper – Men’s

  • antimicrobial for odor control
  • Deep heel cup
  • Orthotic-grade arch support
  • Two-part, lightweight insole
  •  Non-marking, nonslip outsole
  • Cushioned forefoot
  • Compression molded EVA footbed

Vionic Men's Irving Adler Slipper

  • Received APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance
  • Rubber outsoles are very durable and have good traction
  • Created with Biomechanical technology, means your sandals  hug your arches like a natural footprint
  • Faux shearling lining keeps you cozy,

Dr. Comfort Men's Relax Therapeutic Slippers

  •  Soft fleece lining and microfiber uppers
  • Plenty of room to help accommodate swollen, achy feet, while the closed heel helps to provide support and stability
  • Rubber outsole helps deliver traction so you can walk around safely and in comfort.
  • Gel inserts provide amazing comfort

Vionic Maxwell Mens Canvas Slip Ons

  • Twin gore added for extra strength and expansion
  • Unmatched relief, addictive support, and essential stability thanks to Orthaheel technology
  • Rubber outsole,
  •  Removable terry-covered EVA footbed to accomodate your own orthotic.
  •  Performanice wool-blend lining

Old Friend Men's Romeo Slipper

  • Elastic flex strips for comfortable use
  •  Pull-on tab make them easy to slip on
  • Real suede leather looks great
  • Fleece lining to keep your feet warm
  • Rubber sole

WORK & EVERYDAY -- USE

Whether you work in a office or in a factory, you are probably on your feet most of the day. This is one of the main causes of Plantar Fasciitis.

Getting a good pair of shoes for everyday use can be the deciding factor between long painful days or saving your feet.

Women's

Dansko Women's Paisley Sneaker

  • Sport-inspired walking shoe
  • Vibram sole
  • Scotchgard™ treated upper leathers
  • CleansportNXT™ for odor control
  • waterproof membrane
  • DuPont Sorona™ for moisture management

Orthofeet Stretchable Mary Jane Shoes

  • Elastic non-binding upper contours to the shape of the foot
  • Seam-free lining and extra foam padding for superior comfort
  •  Wide toe box
  • Removeable foot bed
  • Ortho-Cushion System softens  and adds spring to your step

Brooks Women's Addiction Walker

  • support for your low arches
  • control for your overpronation
  • Synthetic sole
  • accommodates custom orthotics
  • True to size

Vionic Women's Spark Minna Ballet Flat

  • Leather or natural cork uppers
  • TPR outsole
  • Biomechanically designed to hug your arches
  • Vio-Motion Technology helps support natural alignment from the ground up
  • APMA Seal of Acceptance

Dansko Women's Wide Professional Clog

  • High quality leather uppers that follow the natural contours of the foot.
  • All-day support provides comfort to those in the nursing, hospitality and other occupational fields.
  •  Roomy toe-box
  •  Superior shock absorption and flexibility
  • Easy to slip on

Vionic Women’s Kea Orthotic Trainers

  • Advanced Motion System technology
  • Podiatrist designed orthotics
  • lightweight support
  • multiple fun colors

men's

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OLUKAI Ohana Lace-up men's shoe

  • EverFit anatomically contoured footbed
  •  Naturally weather-resistant
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Hand-sewn moccasin style shoes
  •  Proceeds go to  their charitable programs

QCO Men's Classic Casual Oxford

  • Breathable soft  leather
  • Affordable price
  • Lightweight rubber outsole adds traction and extra comfort
  •  Fashion lace-up front for a secure and reliable fit

Vionic Orthaheel Technology Men's slip on

  •  APMA Seal of Acceptance
  • Nylon mesh upper
  • Easy slip-on
  • Breathable textile lining
  • Flexible EVA footbed for shock absorption &  supportive cushioning
  • Mesh-Nubuck-Nylon-Suede

Drew Rockford Boot men's

  •  Waterproof Dupont Thermolite Membrane lining
  • Tempered steel shank for added support and keeps pressure off the arch
  • Extended medial heel stabilizer for minimal heel slipage & great support
  • AEGIS Microbe Shield upper lining
  • Polyurethane insole

Mt. Emey Men's 728-E

  • Soft genuine Napa leather upper
  • depth of 5/16” deeper than regular shoes for inserts
  • Accommodates hammertoes/overlapping, claw toes, etc…
  • Expandable Lycra padded collar
  • Accommodates severe high instep,flat feet swelling, pronation, , and bunions
  • Durable HD EVA outsole for easy modification

men's Drew Lightweight Leather clog

  • Polyurethane Rocker Bottom
  • Comes with two removable footbeds
  • Steady heel counter for firm support
  •  Enough room for prescribed orthotics
  • Lightweight and stable

running & active lifestyle

Many people who live a active life style have to stop because the pain is to much to handle. But if you take proper care of your feet and get the correct footwear, you can still do the activities that you love. 

women's

Brooks Women's Glycerin 16

  • DNA LOFT full-length midsole for a soft feel and ride
  • Stretch bootie for an adaptive fit
  • Engineered mesh for breathability, support, and flexibility

ASICS Women's GEL-Nimbus 20

  •  Removable sock liners to accommodate medical orthotics
  •  Outsoles that provide uphill and downhill traction
  • Extra cushioning at the heel
  • FLYTEFOAM MIDSOLE TECHNOLOGY  provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness

New Balance Women's 1080v9 Fresh Foam Running Shoe

  • Ortholite insoles
  • wide toe box
  •  Thick midsoles for superior cushioning and shock absorption
  • Comes in six colorways
  • Mesh uppers for total comfort.

K-SWISS Women's Grancourt II Tennis Shoe

  • Padded tongue and collar
  • wide toe box
  • Synthetic/Leather
  • Comfortable and supportive

Hoka One One Women's Bondi 6 Running Shoe

  • Molded Ortholite footbeds
  • Wider fit for stability
  • lightweight
  • Thick sole provides superior shock absorption

Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

  • Contoured footbeds
  •  Zonal arch and heel support
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Molded nylon arch shank
  • Seals out water and lets moisture escape

MEN'S

New Balance Men's 1080v8 Fresh Foam Running Shoe

  • Asymmetrical heel counter to keep the foot locked into place
  •  lightweight
  •  ABZORB crash pad, and “arch-securing” FantomFit quarter
  • Removable insole
  • N2 heel cushioning

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 22 Running Shoe

  • Hado  inspired foam sole, “vibrational life-force energy”
  • Loudwave Platform for smooth and responsive ride
  • Soft heel center with U4ic midsole
  •  Stretch Mesh for adaptive Fit in Motion

New Balance Men's mc806 Tennis Shoe

  • Leather upper
  • Herringbone Outsole for increased traction for lateral motion and quick pivoting
  • LIGHTNING DRY® wicks moisture away to  keep your feet dry and comfortable
  • Non-marking outsole
  • ABZORB cushioning

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Men's

  • Neutral to underpronation
  • Engineered jacquard-knit mesh
  •  ISOFIT upper design creates a superior fit by adapting to the shape and movement of the foot
  • EVERUN topsole creates heightened energy return and durable cushioning.

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

  • Contoured footbeds
  • Zonal arch and heel support
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Molded nylon arch shank
  • Seals out water and lets moisture escape

ASICS Men's Gel-Nimbus 21 Running Shoes

  •  Removable sock liners to accommodate medical orthotics
  • Outsoles that provide uphill and downhill traction
  • Extra cushioning at the heel
  • FLYTEFOAM MIDSOLE TECHNOLOGY  provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness

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