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Plantar Fasciitis – Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition involving inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue at the bottom of your feet. Because it runs along the heel to the toes, the plantar fascia absorbs shocks and helps maintain balance by supporting the arch of the foot. The inflammation is often caused by intense or prolonged movements or shocks to the tissue, but more than 2 million treatments annually suggest plantar fasciitis may be caused by a variety of issues.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain at the bottom of the foot; often one or two inches away from the heel.
  • Two thirds of patients report pain in only one foot, but both feet can be affected.
  • The pain level is initially low and gradually increases over time in the absence of proper treatment.
  • Pain is often more severe after exercising or lifting heavy goods.
  • Pain is also often more elevated after waking up or resting for a couple of hours.
  • Many patients report “stabbing pain.”
  • Gentle exercises after waking up may reduce pain throughout the day, which may make it difficult to diagnose plantar fasciitis.
  • Other cases cause limping because individuals rebalance their weight to reduce one-sided pain

Symptoms vary by individuals’ age, profession, fitness and underlying conditions. Plantar fasciitis can vaguely be compared to “tennis elbow” which is another tissue-related condition. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about plantar fasciitis symptoms and stay tuned for the next blog where we address common risk factors. We collected a couple of reliable sources with more information for the meantime.

Orthotic Shoes to Beat the Summer Heat

Orthotics improve your well-being by relieving pain and correcting your gait, but finding shoes to accommodate your orthotic inserts remains a challenge. Common questions you need to ask yourself when buying new shoes include the following:

  • Is the footbed deep enough?
  • Is there extra space around the toes?
  • Is a larger size than you would usually need available?
  • Does the shoe allow you to easily adjust orthotics?

Finding fashionable yet durable summer footwear is even more of a challenge, which is why we would like to introduce a couple of models for those of you using orthotics.

Wolky Jewel Sandals

These lightweight sandals with wedge heel come in many different styles. Removable footbeds and upper straps allow for easily fitting orthotics.

Naot Paris

The stylish Naot Paris sandal offers a removable, anatomic cork & latex footbed which is wrapped in pampering suede and molds to the foot with wear.

Propet TravelActiv Mary Jane

Propet’s durable sandals with removable insoles for custom orthotics are ideal for taking a stroll with the family. Their loop closure at instep ensures a comfortable grip.

Our office team is more than happy to consult on summer orthotic footwear to meet your unique needs. We also carry a full line of prescription footwear, socks and other items used to care for your feet.

Foot and Leg Stretching Exercises

Remaining active during the COVID-19 lockdown is a challenge for most people. Some have spontaneously created a home workout routine or even attempted building their own workout equipment. In any case, stretching your feet and legs daily will provide relief against inactivity and warm you up for some home routines. Since many stretching exercises are fun and have health benefits for senior citizens as well, the entire family can participate in the following activities together.

Medical News Today offers detailed instructions for the following exercises promoting flexibility, mobility and strength. Their gifs and step by step instructions are especially well-suited for beginners.

  • Big toe stretches
  • Toe raise, point and curl
  • Toe splay
  • Toe curls
  • Marble pickup

Ready for the next level? Healthline offers similarly descriptive instructions on stretches, but focuses more on exercises you perform while standing. They suit most children and adults alike.

  • Ankle circles
  • Achilles stretch
  • Towel stretch
  • Band stretch
  • Standing calf stretch
  • Standing soleus stretch
  • Cross leg ankle stretch
  • Chair Pose

You can also check out Ardash Williams, a popular Yoga instructor. He created a YouTube video with tips on more advanced leg and feet stretches for healthy adults. These work best for individuals who have experience with professional workout equipment.

Some exercises are more adequate than others depending on your age and physical health. Please reach out to our office for more information on foot and leg exercises you can safely perform from home.

High Heels, Low Fun?

Did you know each foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints and plenty of muscles?  Now imagine how all of these elements interact with each other throughout the day. Adding high heels to the mix gives you a pronounced feel of how these intricate movements interact, but not necessarily in a good way. Follow these 6 steps to feel confident in your fashion choices and the well-being of your feet:

  • We all have our favorite shoes, but be sure to change them out.  Wearing the same shoes on a daily basis allows bacteria and fungus to flourish. A nice side effect with this tip; your shoes will better stay in shape.
  • Listen to your body. Pain is a signal your current behavior is a detriment to your health. Sit down and rest on a regular basis. Have a second pair of comfortable shows around you at any time.
  • Avoid cracked heels by moisturizing regularly and watch out for misaligned toenails.
  • Ask your podiatrist for advice if you suffer from conditions like diabetes.
  • Watch out for bunions. Once bunions develop, treatment may be necessary. The earlier you detect warning signs, the better chance you have to avoid them.
  • Keep your eyes open for more comfortable versions of your favorite heels. They may look slightly different, but the gains from avoided pain will outweigh the height.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying your high heels, as long as you take care of your feet and react to early warning signs indicating your feet are suffering. Read this article for more information.

Custom Steel Toe Boots

Do you wear steel toe boots for work? Are you experiencing pain, cramping or numbness in your feet?  There are several possible causes.  Wearing steel toe boots five or more hours a day means you should not skimp on the quality of the boot.  Making the investment up front pays off in the long run and may save you trips to the doctor!

It may be a surprise to hear this pain isn’t due to your steel toe boots. Well… it is, but not in the way you might have imagined. It is actually due to a poorly fit boot. If your toe box is too small, then you may experience symptoms of chafing, painful corns and/or toe muscle damage. If you have too high of a heel paired alongside a cramped toe box, then your nerves may pinch and this pinch creates nerve pain, as well as numbness in your toes. You may have a narrow fitting boot which often creates bunions.

None of these symptoms sound pleasant and nobody should endure this pain. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms; we recommend you be sure to get your boot fitted to your feet while wearing your work socks so the boots will fit perfectly when it matters most. WorkHabor and the National Center for Workforce and Development (NCWD)  recommend the following;

  • Break your boots in
  • Don’t wear your boots too tight
  • Add padding if your boots are not tight enough
  • Make use of shoe inserts, band aids and socks
  • Wear steel-toed boots fit to your feet
  • Maintain proper care of your boots

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions!