Heel Pain, Heel Spurs, and Plantar Fasciitis:
a Common Culprit is Over-Pronation
Millions of people suffer from chronic heel pain, especially in the mornings after getting out of bed, making it by far the most common foot problem. Fortunately, for most people with heel pain or heel spurs, affordable heel pain relief solutions are now available.
The most common cause of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis, which consists in the inflammation of the Plantar Fascia, which is the flat band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot.. Due to factors mainly including over-pronation, painful stretching and tearing of the Plantar Fascia occurs, leading to inflammation at the attachment of the Plantar Fascia into the calcaneus (heel bone). Constant stretching of the fascia at the heel bone eventually leads to the development of a bony growth on the heel, which is called a heel spur.
Footminders® Orthotics Correct Over-Pronation and Relieve Heel Pain
Orthotic insoles are designed to control over-pronation and to restore our natural foot function. Orthotic insoles re-align the foot and ankle bones to their natural position, thereby restoring proper foot movement. In turn, this helps alleviate many biomechanical complaints such as heel pain, knee pain, and lower back pain. In addition, foot orthotics ensure our weight is more evenly distributed over the foot, taking pressure of sore spots – especially in the heel and ball of foot areas.
What Causes Heel Pain, Heel Spurs, and Plantar Fasciitis?
During rest (e.g. when you’re asleep), the Plantar Fascia tightens and shortens. When body weight is rapidly applied to the foot, the Fascia must stretch and quickly lengthen, causing micro-tears in the Fascia. Hence, the stabbing foot pain with your first steps in the morning.
Over-stretching of the Plantar Fascia is more likely under the following conditions:
- Excessive pronation (flattening of the arch)
- Walking on hard surfaces for long periods
- Excess weight or pregnancy
- Tightening of the calf muscles
Heel Pain and Heel Spur symptoms
Most people who experience heel pain do so with their first steps in the morning, just after getting out of bed. They typically feel a sharp stabbing pain at the bottom or front of the heel bone. Heel pain varies in severity. In most cases, heel pain is more severe following periods of inactivity (e.g. early in the morning or after sitting for a long period).
Treatment of Heel Pain and Heel Spurs
- Rest: Avoid prolonged activity, such as walking, running and sports
- Ice: Apply ice for 5 minutes to allow the inflammation to subside
- Weight loss
- Stretching exercises
- A low-cost orthotic shoe insert
The most effective solution to heel pain is to treat the cause of the problem by correcting abnormal foot mechanics with orthotic insoles. Developed by podiatrists, Footminders orthotics control over-pronation and support the arches. They help release the tension on the Plantar Fascia, thereby treating the cause of Plantar Fasciitis. Plus, a soft shock-absorbing heel pad helps reduce the impact on the painful heel, providing added relief and walking comfort. Footminders biomechanical arch supports were developed by podiatrists (foot specialists) and have helped many thousands of heel pain sufferers across Europe and Australia. Now the Footminders product line has extended its reach to include North America, with distribution in the United States and Canada.
Do most people really need those expensive custom-made orthotics?
Interestingly, a recent Heel Pain study by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) found that by wearing standard, off-the-shelf orthotics –such as Footminders– combined with a number of daily stretching and strengthening exercises, 95% of patients experienced substantial, lasting relief from their heel pain symptoms. If you’re among the 5% who don’t, you have nothing to lose. Footminders backs up their product with 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.