Plantar Fasciitis, it’s an annoying, common and very painful disorder. But what exactly is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is a calcification of the tendon plate that sometimes causes inflammation of the heel. Plantar fasciitis also goes by the name of heel spur and tendon inflammation. Many people suffer from this disorder. Below you’ll find some tips to prevent and treat plantar fasciitis.
Preventing Plantar Fasciitis
There are a number of things you can do to prevent plantar fasciitis. The most important, most simple and most obvious is to take good care of your feet. A proper blood flow is extremely important and ensures that the risk of calcification in the heel is reduced. It’s also very important that you buy high-quality shoes with good cushioning. And change your shoes regularly. It’s also not recommended to wear flipflops. Flipflops are great during for those hot summer days, but most of them often don’t have a good footbed and therefore have very poor cushioning. So if you still want to wear flipflops when the weather is good, we recommend you to choose a brand that specializes in flipflops with a good footbed. This considerably reduce the chance to contract Plantar Fasciitis!
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is often caused by overuse. Poor shoes and sports in which the athletes have to jump frequently are also common causes of this problem. Obesity is also of influence. Furthermore, plantar fasciitis is more common among people over the age of 40.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Fortunately, there are several options for treating plantar fasciitis. If you’ve only experienced complaints for a short period of time, we recommend to exercise less and less heavy. Try to avoid running and jogging for a while. Take a critical look at your shoes and ask yourself, do they still provide sufficient cushioning? What many people benefit from is the use of silicone heel gel socks, or the Strassburg Sock. You put this sock on before going to bed at night. It ensures that your foot is placed into a crocheted position. This exerts a slight stretch on the tendon plate and prevents it from being shortened. It’s also recommended to do exercises that provide relief: