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A Guide to Products for the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 11 June 2013  |  Paul

Plantar Fasciitis (also known as Heel Spurs) is a very common Heel pain is a common foot condition that can affect around 10% of the population at any given time and causes pain in the heel. Heel pain with this condition can be most commonly felt first thing in the morning during your first few steps of the day as you get out of bed. This condition if usually caused by the Plantar Fascia tissue becoming damaged causing the area and the heel to become inflamed resulting in pain.

Alongside keeping a normal body weight, maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and wearing properly fitting supportive shows there is a range of products designed to help with this condition and lessen heel pain. This guide will demonstrate some to the different products we stock here at Health and Care and how they can help with your heel pain.

The Strassburg Sock

The Strassburg Sock is a unique aid for heel pain. The features a strap that comes from the calf to the end of the toes keeping the foot in a slightly stretched position to keep tension on the plantar fascia so it heals in a stretched position at night. Using the Strassburg Sock at night should help to reduce or even eliminate heel pain of the first few steps in the morning or when getting up after resting. The Strassburg sock can also help to strengthen the arch of the foot, thereby reducing potential reoccurrences and I safe to wear for hours without adverse effects.

Night splints

A night splint works with similar principles as the Strassburg Sock; a night splint holds the foot in a slightly flexed position stretching the plantar fascia area gently overnight and reducing that pain that is commonly felt in the heel in the morning. Constructed from strong plastic sheet with padded inner liners the Health and Care Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint is a very durable Plantar Fasciitis night splint while remaining very comfortable. Night splints are often very adjustable for a comfy custom fit and are fully padded on the inside to keep the foot comfortable. The Dorsiwedge Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint is one of our most popular night splints; it has a washable lining and extended toe area allowing for a very effective stretch of the Plantar Fascia.

Arch Support Straps

Arch Support Straps can help with heel pain arch pain by providing slight lift and support to the arch of the foot helping , this can help to reduce stress on the arch region and alleviate inflammation and of the plantar fascia and heel pain. A support strap can also help you to strengthen the muscles of the foot and lower leg to prevent future discomfort from conditions such as plantar fasciitis. The Mueller Arch Support is one of our most popular arch support straps, it has an innovative design with adjustable strap making it one of the more popular arch supports for sports as well as everyday activities. The support has a soft arch pad offering great pain relief and allowing you to return to everyday activities and is suitable for use with most types of shoes including trainers and football boots.

Gel Heel Cups

Gel Heep Cups are usually made from a silicone gel which pads out the heel area to absorb shock and help relieve heel pain. They redistribute pressure across the foot for improved comfort and the soft yet supportive silicone gels offer superior cushioning. The Tulis Heavy Duty Gel Heel Cups are a great example of an effective gel heel cup. They offer immediate relief from heel pain by elevating the heel bone to take pressure off the Achilles tendon. Tulis Heavy Duty Gel Heel Cups have an innovative multi-cell, multi-layer 'waffle' design for very effective shock absorption.

Arch Support Insoles

Insoles with arch support such as the Trio Easy Fit Insoles and the Trio Heel Pain Insoles offer a discreet way to quickly relieve the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis during every day activities. Trio Easy Fit Insoles improve the ability of the foot arch to function correctly to eliminate causes of foot pain whilst the Trio Heel Pain Insoles are contoured to support the Navicular bone of the arch, directly reducing the cause of plantar fascia strain .These insoles give protection to the softer structures under the heel bone and are contoured to fit comfortably into a wide range of shoes giving you support to go about your daily activities with an anti-bacterial top cover and supporting heel cup.

All our Plantar Fasciitis aids are available with free UK delivery!