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Orthotics, a Solution for Foot Pain

Plantar fasciitis

Foot pain is quite a common complaint among certain groups of people. Particularly athletes - such as runners and jumpers - are often affected by painful conditions of the feet. As a part of their sports training and education, they are prevented about their risk of experiencing foot pain and how to decrease their chances to have some fort of foot condition. However, even if they take all preventive measures, it happens every once in a while that an athlete gets a painful condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is experienced as throbbing pain in the sole of one or both feet, usually in the middle or closer to the heel. The pain worsens in the morning or after sitting down for a while, and then is slightly relieved by walking. 

People who practise sports in an amateur level are at a higher risk of having plantar fasciitis, since they are less likely to be aware of all the risks as well as the preventive measures that they can take to decrease their chances of having plantar fasciitis. Higher risk athletic activities include not using proper footwear, jumping or running on hard surfaces, and an incorrect foot shape due to flat foot or any other structural problem.

Plantar fasciitis is a very common cause of foot pain, so what is plantar fasciitis? From a traumatological point of view, this condition occurs when the soft tissue of the sole of our feet, called the plantar fascia, becomes damaged and tears up at a microscopical level. This happens because said tissue becomes overstressed and overstretched. High impact or a strong force on the sole of our feet, such as the one we experience by running or jumping, is likely to damage our plantar fascia. Also, structural problems of the bones of our feet, such as flat foot, cause the weight of the body to be distributed unnaturally. 

Structural risks for plantar fasciitis

Our feet are designed as articulated archs with elastic support that provides them with cushioning, flexibility and impact absorption. When this delicate structural equilibrium is affected, the gravitational force of our weight as well as mechanical impact - such as the one that comes from a jump or stride - isn't properly supported and can damage our tissue. This situation can cause many different conditions, one of which is plantar fasciitis. As a derived syndrome, a heel spur may be developed, which causes a painful condition of its own.

Good news about all these syndromes is that they don't need surgery or any other major intervention to be healed. Our foot tissue can regenerate itself, as long as the source of the tearing and the overstressing is neutralized. For this purpose, orthotic insoles are often the best solution. They are an integral approach to plantar fasciitis and other painful conditions caused by structural problems of the feet because they can both relieve the pain instantly as well as provide proper support to allow the condition to be cured.

Which orthotics should you use?

Orthotics come from two main sources. You can get standard orthotics for all purposes, which are previously manufactured and commercialized to the public, or you can go to a doctor and get custom orthotics made especially for your feet and your particular needs. Click this link to read facts and information about orthotics.

There is currently a wide range of orthotics to help cure plantar fasciitis offered by physical and online stores. The different models available are designed to satisfy all different needs of people who have plantar fasciitis, heel spur or any other of the many strucrural and/or painful condition of the feet. If you would like to learn more about how this system works, read information for orthotics here.

Orthotic insoles are meant to correct the position in which the foot places itself on the ground. An improper position will put the stress in the wrong places and overstretch the tissue; also, as feet are the basement of our bone structure, crooked feet will cause our whole body to bend in an unnatural way becuase it isn't properly supported, and it also needs to compensate for the alteration in our posture. The changes might be imperceptible, but they can force joints and soft tissue and cause us many conditions, from joint pain to headache.

Now you might be wondering: what are the best orthotics to buy? The answer might surprise you. Unless you have a very specific condition, regular off-the-shelf orthotics might do the job just fine. They are much cheaper than custom made orthotics and you can get them in the same day. You can ask your seller for advice on which model is best for your needs.


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