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Plantar Fasciitis - a Common Foot Complaint




Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel and foot pain, being diagnosed as the cause in 80% of cases where moderate to severe heel pain is reported. It is most common amongst people aged between 40 and 60 and certain lifestyle factors play a major role in both the cause and treatment of symptoms. It is also reported to be more common amongst females than males, although the reason for this has not yet been established. Physicians will question patients on during which activities or times of the day the symptoms appear; as people with Plantar Fasciitis tend to experience the most pain in the morning just after getting out of bed or after prolonged periods of rest. You will find more info on diagnosis, causes and treatments later on in this article.




What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that causes a sharp, dull or burning pain primarily in the heel of the foot but, has been reported to extend to the arch or ball of the foot in some cases. This pain is popularly known to be caused by the swelling of the plantar fascia ligament, but new research suggests that it may be a result of the partial structural breakdown of this ligament which connects the heel of the foot to the toes. This structural breakdown is believed to be caused by repetitive strain and micro-traumas of the plantar fascia. Read More...


Flat Feet, Fallen Arches and Over-Pronation - How Orthotics and Supportive Shoes Can Help




It is common knowledge that good foot biomechanics are essential for proper body movement, posture and body functions. Any dysfunction of feet muscles, tendons, or muscles, if unattended, can disrupt feet function and biomechanics. This disruption can manifest in form of pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hip joints and back pain. The study of lower limb biomechanics reveals the common causes and simple remedies to excess pronation, one of them being orthotics.




What Are Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics, also known as shoe inserts, insoles or orthoses are customized liners that are placed inside the shoes for the purposes of correcting various foot problems. These inserts are necessary to correct various problems such as overpronation that cause pain in various parts of the body. They achieve this by realigning the foot and ankle bones back to their natural positions which relieves pressure off the subtalar joint, muscles and tendons and thereby restores proper foot functions. Read More...


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