This weekend I read an article about a professional baseball player suffering from plantar fasciitis. It's a common injury in sports since athletes’ feet endure quite a bit of stress on a consistent basis.
The article states this about Plantar fasciitis, “File this one away under ‘reason to worry’. That’s because this is one of those lingering problems you don’t want cropping up in an athlete whose biggest assets happen to involve the legs.”
People who suffer from plantar fasciitis typically feel a stabbing pain at the bottom of their foot near the heel. The pain may feel worse when taking those first few steps in the morning. However, it can also be triggered when exercising, long periods of standing, or when getting up from sitting for a period of time.
If you’ve been keeping up with the Medi-Dyne Blog, you know that plantar fasciitis doesn’t have to be crippling. The problem is that this ailment doesn’t start off feeling like much of an injury at all. For many, it can just be a dull—nagging pain, but the longer you leave it untreated the longer it takes to cure. Even worse, untreated, it can put you in a cast, night splint, or even cause surgical intervention.
Of course, Prevention is always the “best medicine”! If you’re on your feet all day (think retail, security, police, sanitation) or running for fitness (including soccer, basketball, lacrosse or triathlon) you should be doing two things to prevent plantar fasciitis:
It’s been proven to work - stretching your calf, Achilles tendon, plantar fascia, and toes 2 – 3 times a day. And it doesn’t take long, 5 – 10 minutes and that’s it. The curb or stairs have some value but the ProStretch Plus provides a more effective stretch and can be taken anywhere.
Leave it in your path so you can stretch before work or school. Put it by your bed so you stretch first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. Take it with you – you can really use it anywhere. Stretching will quickly become a habit and will keep you on your feet!
Insoles or arch supports (otherwise known as orthotics) are important. There are some fantastic, podiatrist recommended products available at a significantly lower cost than custom orthotics that often work as well as the custom ones available through a doctor. Youth athletes or others who “live” in work boots should be investing in these for their shoes before they begin suffering. If you’re already suffering, stay away from the flip flops or sandals! At least until you’ve felt better for a few weeks. This will speed your recovery.
If you’re in significant pain or have been suffering for a while, see a Doctor. This is especially important for youth who could develop Sever’s Disease.
If you're looking for a product that provides you with arch and heel support, try our Tuli's® X Brace.
The beauty and effectiveness of The X Brace is in its ease of use, simplistic design and its ability to address a complex issue with incredible success in any shoe, sandal or even barefoot!, Brace is effective for foot pain due to plantar fasciitis, Sever’s Disease, and over-pronation that are often caused by under-supported, over-use of the foot. The unique “X” pattern in our patented foot brace provides support and reduces arch (plantar fasciia) pressure very similar to how the Low-Dye taping technique works.
Unfortunately, with plantar fasciitis the longer you leave it untreated the longer it takes to cure. So, no more worrying, it’s time to take the first steps of relief. For other foot support solutions by Medi-Dyne please visit our Pain Solution Center.
PLEASE NOTE: The information on this website and article is for information only and should not be used as a substitute for consulting your doctor. Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and rehabilitation.