Plantar Fasciitis is Latin for ‘inflammation of the plantar fascia’. This common foot complaint causes pain in the heel and often associated with heel spurs. This page will provide some more information about the condition and suggest some great solutions for treating the pain.
Pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel and is often most intense with the first steps out of bed in the morning or after rest. In some cases mild swelling in the heel is present. Usually the pain will subside after walking around for some time. Heel pain often worsens after long lasting activities like going for long walks, playing tennis or golf, as well as walking and standing on hard floors for long periods of time.
Plantar fasciitis is mainly caused by incorrect foot function, in particular over-pronation (rolling in of the ankle and flattening of the arch). Contributing factors are age, weight gain, jobs that require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces, badly worn shoes with little support, and also inactivity.
The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that runs under the foot from the toes to the heel. When the foot pronates the plantar fascia is being over-stretched resulting in inflammation and pain at the point where the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone.
Before seeking help from a specialist there’s a lot you can do yourself to alleviate the pain of Plantar Fasciitis.
Our Dr.Aktive OrthoSole® insoles are designed to provide exceptional support under the arches of the wearer and hence alleviate the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. With adjustable profile and density they suit all users. Under the heel is extra thick Poron® to provide cushioning and shock absorbency.
Our range of cold therapy products can help alleviate the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. The CCT option ensures that the cold is applied comfortably and in the correct spot.
Part of our range of Sockwell® socks is designed specifically for plantar fasciitis sufferers. They provide compression around the sole of the foot, supporting the arch and giving relief from pain.
Our stretch splints help to solve the issue of your plantar fasciitis by applying a stretch to your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia.