Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot ailment caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. It helps to support the arch of the foot, and plays an important role in shock absorption and force generation when walking and running.
During these activities, there is a continual cycle of stretching and compression of the plantar fascia. If the force becomes too excessive, there could be micro tears to the ligament, which causes heel pain.
The condition may affect one or both heels, and patients may experience chronic heel pain which feels worse when they engage in standing, walking or climbing activities throughout the day.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly caused by one or more of the following:
• Wearing poorly designed or inappropriate footwear
• Long distance running or high impact sports
• Standing or walking for long hours on the job
• Having tight calf muscles
• Being overweight
You can minimise the risk factors by going about your physical activities with care, and ensuring that you wear the right shoes that give you adequate protection. Prevention is always better than cure!
If you are already experiencing heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, we would recommend that you consult a doctor and seek treatment early. Aside from physiotherapy, your doctor is also likely to advise you to wear suitable footwear for your condition.
At The ShoeCo., for customers who are managing plantar fasciitis, we would recommend shoes that provide support to the heel and arches in order to successfully ease pain. We have a collection of footwear that is equipped with therapeutic insoles to realign the feet and soft heel inserts that absorb impact. If you have your personalised orthotic, you will be able to pick up a pair from our orthotic-friendly range to accommodate those insoles. We would be happy to help answer your questions, and help you find a pair of shoes that will give you much needed comfort and relief.