Oct 31, 2014

Braces for Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar Fasciitis Braces

Plantar fasciitis is a condition characterized by pain in the heel of the foot that stems from damage to the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the tendon that connects the heel to the toes, supports the arch of the foot, and functions as a shock absorber for the feet.

Not surprisingly, this connective tissue is sometimes damaged from stressful activity or from too much tension being placed on the tendon, resulting in the tiny tears. These tiny tears cause painful inflammation. This inflammation, in turn, causes pain in the heel of the foot that is most evident after getting out of bed or when moving after a period of time spent off one’s feet. The pain usually eases once one has moved about, limbering up the foot.

Thankfully, just 5% of those with plantar fasciitis must undergo surgery to clear up the injury, according to WebMD’s overview of the condition. Most people can treat the injury and get rid of its unpleasant symptoms with far less invasive methods. 

 

 

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Because the goal of plantar fasciitis treatment is for the tiny tears in the plantar fascia to heal, one of the main components of treatment is rest. Ice or over-the-counter medications may also be recommended for reducing inflammation, and one can engage in stretches and exercises to help prevent this condition from reoccurring.

If the underlying cause is the use of unsupportive shoes, obesity or an abnormal foot structure or foot position when walking, these should also to be addressed in one’s treatment.

But again, getting on the path to healing requires rest of the plantar fascia. But resting the foot is sometimes easier said than done. Certain professions require long periods of time on the feet, such as construction or teaching. Or a runner training for a marathon may be highly reluctant to hang up his running shoes for an extended period of time.

Plantar Fasciitis Aids

For such cases, a plantar fasciitis brace can be highly beneficial. Such braces for plantar fasciitis often provide cushion for the heel that can help ease the pain caused by inflammation. Some also include arch supports that help relieve the tension of the plantar fascia. Some plantar fasciitis products are structured so that they provide a beneficial stretch to plantar fasciitis if they are worn at night.

The Bauerfeind CaligaLoc Stabilizing Brace does double-duty as an ankle support and as a brace for plantar fasciitis. Recall that plantar fasciitis can be caused by abnormal leg/feet structure, such as being bow-legged. This Bauerfeind plantar fasciitis day brace can help because it is structured to counteract this outward rolling of the foot.

The brace can also be used as a night brace for plantar fasciitis because it provides a gentle stretch to the plantar fascia while one sleeps.

This CaligaLoc foot brace for plantar fasciitis can be worn with or without a shoe.  The material of the plantar fasciitis foot brace is latex-free, lightweight and thin, not to mention easy to adjust thanks to four Velcro straps.

Another option for a daytime plantar fasciitis brace is the BraceAbility Plantar Fasciitis Splint. Whereas the CaligaLoc ankle brace is composed of plastic supports and a Velcro plantar fasciitis strap system, this plantar fasciitis aid promotes stretching of the plantar fascia while providing intermittent compression massage to reduce inflammation, promote healing and reduce pain.

The Incredibrace compression ankle brace is a nice compliment to a plantar fasciitis splint to help ease strain on the ankles. This product is a flat-knit, dual-tension support that is designed to relieve pressure on the ankle or foot while providing support and stability. It also features an extension along the side of the sole of the foot to prevent it from curling.  

These are just a few of a number of orthotics for plantar fasciitis available at BraceAbility. Learn more about plantar fasciitis, other foot problems, foot orthotics and other treatment options.

 
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