Everything You Need To Know About Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain underneath the heel when you walk. It effects people of all ages including athletes and those that are on their feet for long periods of time.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The Plantar Fascia is a band of connective that runs along the sole of the foot from the heel bone (calcaneus) to the ball of the foot. It's main roles are to support the foot arch, enable the foot to push off from the ground, keep bones and joints in position and absorb the pain we place on our feet.
Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the Plantar Fascia is placed under too much stress, bruised or overstretched, causing inflammation or damage to the tissue. This results in common symptoms such as heel pain, dull aches or stiffness in the foot.
- Flat feet or high arch
- Unsupportive shoes
- Extensive running
- Excessive walking or standing on hard surfaces
- Tight calf or Achilles Tendon
- Weight gain and ageing
How Do Thermoskin FXT Compression Socks Help?
Thermoskin FXT Compression Socks assist in the management of of pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis by providing:
- Medical grade compression to help ulnload stress on the Plantar Fascia attachment
- Arch support and elevation, reinforced by compression band
- Targeted compression zone on the Achilles Tendon
- Moisture wicking, anti-odour and anti-bacterial properties
- All in one design for active and everday wear
- Comfort foot pad
Top 5 Tips To Manage Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis can be managed with self treatment, however if pain persists we recommend seeing your medical practitioner. For initial management, try some of our 5 tips.
1. Massage the Fascia with a Spiky Massage Ball
Roll the Spiky Massage Ball under your foot starting at the front and moving towards the back. Place a good amount of pressure on the medial, centre and lateral areas for approximately 15 seconds. Then continue to roll the Spiky ball up and down the entire foot.
2. Stretching of the Plantar Fascia and Achilles Tendon
Place your toes against the wall your arch and heel stays flat against the ground. Gently push your toes into the wall, stretching them for 10 seconds at a time. Repeat this 10 times up to 3-4 times a day.
3. Foam Roll your body
As all muscles in the body are connected, even having tight shoulders can throw off hip allignment and foot strike as you walk. To alleviate muscle tension start with foam rolling your back, then move down towards your glutes, quads and especially your calves. Learn more with this Complete Guide To Foam Rolling.
4. Choose correct footwear
Try to avoid wearing high heels or shoes with very low heels EG: Ballet flats. Ensure you do not go barefoot on hard surfaces. Shoes with a low to moderate heel, good arch support and absorption are the most appropriate to wear if you're suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
5. Wear Thermoskin FXT Compression Socks
Thermoskin FXT Compression socks provides compression, support and enhanced comfort needed to strengthen the Plantar Fascia. The socks can be worn everyday in all shoe types. Find out more about Thermoskin FXT Compression socks.