The Orthotic Shop carries shoes that are designed to alleviate and help prevent Plantar Fasciitis foot pain.Â The types of “Shoes for Plantars Fasciitis” are discussed below along with the definition, symptoms and causes of Plantars Fasciitis.
Definition of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is a persistent pain located on the plantar (bottom) of the heel and the medial (inside) of the foot. The plantar fascia is a fibrous, tendon-like structure that extends the entire length of the bottom of the foot, beginning at the heel bone and extending to the base of the toes.
During excessive activity, the plantar fascia can become irritated, inflamed and even tear if the area is subjected to repetitive stress. Heel contact during the gait cycle exposes a specific area to this stress. This area is known as the medial-plantar aspect of the heel where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone.
Symptoms of Plantars Fasciitis
The pain resulting from this injury is most noticeable in the morning when the first few steps are taken, but then subsides with prolonged walking. Likewise, during athletic activity the pain will occur in the beginning of the exercise routine and then subside as activity continues.
Causes of Plantars Fasciitis Injury
Plantar Fasciitis is more common in people who have a high arch, rigid type of foot, or a flat, pronated foot. In motion, the plantar fascia experiences contunuous stress and excessive pulling which results in inflamation and pain.
- A high-arch foot has a tight band-like plantar fascia that is rigid during the gait cycle.
- The plantar fascia is stretched in the pronated foot by excessive motion.
- Improper shoe selection can be the cause of the injury: foot and gait type must be considered.
- Stiff-soled shoes can cause stretching of the plantar fascia.
- Overworn shoes allow the foot to pronate more extensively and can result in an injury to the plantar fascia.
- The most common cause of plantars fasciitis is a sudden increase in the amount or intensity of activity within a short period of time.
Plantars Fasciitis (also called a heel spur) is one of the most diagnosed foot ailments. Footwear can play an important part in prevention and maintenance. Custom Orthotics can be beneficial. Your foot specialist may recommend a treatment and some products such as:
- Rest (non-weight bearing activity)
- Foot exercises
- Orthotics & Arch Supports
- Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
- Night Splints – splints that treat plantars fasciitis while you sleep by milding stretching the foot.
Shoes for Plantars Fasciitis
Aetrex, Drew Footwear, & PW Minor footwear is often recommended for treating and preventing plantars fasciitis. These comfort shoes are designed with long counters for support and stability, extra toe room, and removable insoles for added depth which allows the use of custom orthotics. Many of the plantar fasciitis shoes with Orthaheel technology feature removable insoles or even built-in orthotics..
Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis
The Orthaheel Sandals provide excellent support. Wearing them is similar to wearing custom orthotics. Many styles are available for men and women.
Slippers for Plantar Fasciitis
The Orthaheel Relax is a women’s slipper and is great for when you wake up in the morning. The deep heel cup and the pronation correction technology cradle your feet.Â Wear them all day if you don’t have to leave the house! They are available in three colors.
For Men, there is the Moszkito Fuzz.Â It is an arch support slipper for men that features a sheepskin lining.
Boots for Plantars Fasciitis
Aetrex, PW Minor, Drew and Propet make excellent boots with the features often needed to help with plantars fasciitis. They all feature removable insoles.
The Orthotic Shop has been providing customers with the solid foundation for their body since 2005 and gives free shipping on most comfort shoes.