Plantar fasciitis affects millions of people each year and creates pain that is almost unbearable, especially when you take those first steps in the morning! Many people describe the pain they feel as walking on broken glass. Not the way you want to start every morning! Plantar fascia is an area of connective tissue that runs from the heal bone (calcaneus) to the start of the toe bones (heads of the metatarsal). This connective tissue is prone to inflammation for a number of reasons:
- Increased Body Weight
- Injury to Foot
- Soft Tissue Injury to Bottom of Foot
So let’s look at the top two in more detail. When we look at barefoot athletes, they have absolutely no arch support. This is also true in individuals wearing flip flops or high heels. There is not an adequate amount of support. It becomes easy to put incredible amounts of strain on the soft tissue of the foot when support isn’t present causing overuse injuries.
When we look at increased body weight, this can occur athletes that increase the amount of pressure on their feet because of certain maneuvers. Gymnasts, for example, can exert up to 10-14 times their body weight when landing. A tiny athlete of 120 pounds can exert close to 2,000 pounds of pressure. This is a ton of pressure on athlete’s feet especially with no arch support. This increased exertion can also be seen in dancers, martial arts, basketball, soccer, oh yeah, and every other sport played by athletes!
The X Brace gives incredible support that is convenient to wear and cost effective to use. Some sports do not allow shoes and our brace is an incredible option. Also, who wants to wear orthotics with flip flops or high heels? The X Brace is skin color so it blends into the background without being seen.
Arch support is always prescribed in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. But, like most conditions, other supplemental care can be given. Our favorite is freezing a water bottle and having the patient give themselves an ice massage by rolling the bottom of their feet every night. Sit in a chair with the ice bottle on the floor and roll each foot from toes to heels for 3 minutes. This has an incredible effect of decreasing pain and increasing function in your foot.
If your pain is already unbearable, see a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician or a Podiatrist for further care.
Protect yourself regardless of the shoes or lack of shoes your utilizing on any particular day.
If you get a chance, let us know what you do to help with your plantar fasciitis. Got any tricks? Leave us a comment to help out others experiencing this pain!
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