How orthotics can be beneficial for plantar fasciitis and other foot complaints

Your foot is an integrated part of your body...

A healthy body is something we all strive for so we can go about our daily lives hassle free. We can draw comparisons of the human body with many kinds of complex machines or systems in that if one part breaks down or faces a problem, it could prove disadvantageous for the whole thing.

In this piece, we take a look at a common problem faced by persons of varied ages really, foot pain. It comes in varied forms but all in all, pain concentrated on the foot area is quite a problem since it means you can’t get about as well and as conveniently as you’d like.

Types of Foot Problems commonly seen

As earlier mentioned, pain in the foot or heel comes in various forms. Here we’ll briefly go over a few of the most commonly encountered ones:

I.    Heel Pain

This could easily top the list of commonly experienced foot problems across all ages. More technically referred to as plantar fasciitis in the medical community, it is characterized by pain on the very underside of your foot, along a ligament called the plantar fascia which comes about when it is inflamed.

research has shown the inflammation on this ligament causes some tension on it, called plantar fascia ligament tension and may cause part of it to tear ergo the pain. Seeing as it is on the very base of the foot, it acts as the body’s natural shock absorber which means any sort of irritation on it means a considerable amount of pain.

II.    Heel Spurs

A heel spur comes about as a result of calcium deposits forming around the underside of the heel bone. This deposit then gathers into a small bony protrusion on the heel bone. Some protrusions in this case have been recorded to go upwards of a little over half an inch even.

This case of foot problems doesn’t necessarily mean there will be pain, however if unchecked can go along to contributing in the development of heel pain. Some cases of heel spurs however are also recorded to occur at the back of the heel bone in which case they can be attributed to pain along the Achilles tendon.

III.    Ball of Foot

In this kind of foot problem, there’s occurrence of inflammation and pain around the area under your toes or at the lowest joints of your toes or areas around or supporting the longitudinal arch. This kind of problem can present quite a bit of pain which is commonly experienced when there’s weight on your feet as opposed to when you’re at rest.

Common causes of Foot Problems

-    Over-exerting physical activities.
-    Underlying medical problems like arthritis or diabetes.
-    Having weight problems
-    Improper footwear
-    Age can also be a factor in such problems.

Ways on how to Manage and Treat Foot Pains

Having covered some of the common foot problems and their causes, let’s take a look on how to alleviate the pain should you happen to get afflicted with any of them:

I.    Orthotics

Orthotics refers to the part of medicine that deals with providing external devices to help deal with skeletal or muscular issues around various areas of the body. When it comes to feet, there are three main classes:

Shoe Insoles Heel Pads Night Splints
These are particularly efficient in providing cushioning under the heel which in turn means the pain levels are greatly alleviated. They come in choices of either full insoles which run the entire length of the shoe or half-length but either way you can rest assured that both types of orthotic shoe inserts can bring relief. This class is considered the simplest since it basically entails slipping on a gel pad; which acts as a shock absorber as you go about your business and also alleviates heel pain by slightly raising it to a favorable elevation. These are a particularly handy class of orthotics for heel pain since they work as you’re asleep.

II.    Wearing shoes that properly fit you; they should be neither too tight nor too roomy. A good way to determine this is, when buying shoes, try the out along a slope and an incline to get a feel for them.

III.    Wearing the appropriate shoes for the activity you’re to do.

IV.    Getting a prescription for pain killers to help manage the pain.

V.    There are some surgeries available that can help alleviate heel pain, such as the plantar fascia release surgery.

In conclusion, there are steps you can take the next time you have heel pain.

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