Getting out of bed in the morning is a tough enough task without having to worry about pain shooting through your heel when your foot hits the floor—a sensation that will likely be repeated later in the day.
There is no need to suffer from heel pain caused by the repetitive stress injury plantar fasciitis. It can and should be treated so that it does not progress into something more debilitating.
Plantar fasciitis is an injury to the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the bones of your heel to those of your toes. When this tissue is healthy, it works like a bowstring, absorbing shock to the feet and supporting the arch of the heel, according to the Mayo Clinic.
But this ligament can only handle so much stress or stretching. When that load becomes too much, tiny tears will form in the plantar fascia and the area will become inflamed. This causes the stab of pain in the heel.
Plantar fasciitis can be brought on by athletic activities that put a lot of stress on the heel, such as ballet or distance running, long days on the feet, unsupportive shoes, abnormally high or low arches or obesity, to name a few. (See “What is Plantar Fasciitis?” in the Resource Library for a complete explanation of plantar fasciitis causes and practices aimed at prevention.)
Considering that many of the aforementioned conditions cannot be avoided, it is comforting that plantar fasciitis can usually be treated without surgery. Thankfully, the medical community has produced a number of plantar fasciitis orthotics to ease pain and inflammation and get you on the mend in a speedy fashion. And the BraceAbility community can help you get them at a price that’s easier on your wallet.
A go-to method for treating heel pain is a plantar fasciitis night splint. These splints hold the foot in a position that gently stretches the plantar fascia and the calf muscles while you sleep. This plantar fasciitis brace is lightweight and cool, which makes it the user more comfortable wearing it for extended periods of time, thereby speeding the healing process while easing pain.
It can be worn on either foot and features an anti-slip pad at the bottom of the brace so you can safely move about if needed during the night. Further, the plantar fasciitis brace can be slid on and off like a slipper once it has been adjusted to your foot.
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