Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Insoles

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The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis which is commonly referred to as a heel spur. This painful condition affects around 1 in 10 people and is more common in women than men and is especially prevalent in athletes. The pain usually runs along the bottom surface of the foot along the arch and sometimes is most intense in the heel. Plantar fascia itself is a strong band of tissue which is similar to a ligaments that stretches from your heel to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition when this tissues becomes inflamed.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and cause a considerable amount of discomfort. If left untreated the inflammation can cause a deposition of calcium where the plantar fascia inserts into the heel. This results in a sharp thorn like heel spur on x-ray. The heel spur is not painful; the pain arises from the inflammation of the plantar fascia. Symptoms of plantar fascia include a dull ache most of the time, with a sporadic occurrence of a sharp pain in the heel. Resting the foot will often ease the pain however sudden stretching of the foot for example when walking up the stairs can aggravate the condition. The primary cause of heel pain is over pronation.

Certain professions and other types of people are most susceptible to this condition. If you have a job which involves standing for long periods of time or you are wearing unsuitable shoes with little arch support, and no impact protection everyday you have a greater risk. Other factors include being overweight, sporting activities and a tight Achilles.
The treatment is to control the bio-mechanical movement of the foot which controlled with the use of orthotics and insoles.


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Orthotic Proof Sources and Safety Data.

The use of foot orthotics has been researched and tested by leading institutions around the world, and is widely accepted in the medical community. Foot orthotics/ foot insoles are used in both public and private hospitals and clinics.

Clinical studies and field research verify the value of orthotics in preventing and treating achilles pain while improving the structural integrity of the ligaments and muscles around the ankle. Flexible orthotics control foot motion without restricting function and creating compensatory movement in other structures.



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