What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis corresponds to an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the fibrous envelope of the tendon supporting the plantar arch. Athletes and people who work standing for long periods are the most predisposed to this injury.
Where does it come from?
Overuse of the plantar fascia leads to the appearance of the inflammation originating in the discomfort. In addition, certain factors may predispose people to this condition:
- The presence of a flat foot or cavoid foot;
- A rigid plantar arch;
- Excessive pronation of the foot;
- An unstable ankle;
- Walking on hard or unstable surfaces;
- Wearing inadequate shoes;
- A decrease in muscle flexibility;
- Thinning of the plantar fat pad (with age).
How can it be recognized?
Plantar fasciitis generally appears as a sharp pain in the heel, often accentuated in the morning. Depending on the physical activity, it is light and intermittent at first: it may intensify if the condition worsens, until it become constant or chronic.
Treatment solution for plantar fasciitis:
- Opt for a foot orthosis
A foot orthosis helps relieve the symptoms: it distributes the pressure under the foot, supports the transversal arch and supports the heel. It helps control pronation of the foot in the three phases of the step.
- Choose an orthopedic shoe
It is recommended to wear an adapted shoe that respects the anatomy of the foot and provides it with good support The features to prefer are a thick sole, a heel about one inch high and a shock absorbing heel pad.