Plantar Fasciitis – What It Is and How To Treat It

Thursday, 12 April 2012  |  Paul

Key product: Dorsiwedge Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint

Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition causing pain at the bottom of the heel and is one of the most common foot complaints. Also known as ‘Policeman’s Heel’, Plantar Fasciitis has a number of causes including foot arch problems, obesity and shoes with poor arch supports or soft soles. The pain can be treated by wearing special night splints, heel stretching exercises and wearing supportive shoes.

The pain in the heel suffered by those with Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation in the tissue at the bottom of the foot known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue stretching from the heel to the middle of the bones in the middle of the foot. This tissue acts like a shock-absorber and supports the arch of the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis is often caused by overuse or overstretching of the plantar fascia. The condition is painful and makes walking difficult. There are several factors which can lead to Plantar Fasciitis such as obesity or sudden weight gain, long distance running, poor footwear and sudden weight gain. Many people who stand for long periods of time can suffer from the heel pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis and also those who have a particularly sedentary lifestyle. Being overweight puts extra strain on the heel resulting in the heel pain. Around 1 in 10 people will suffer from Plantar Fasciitis at some point in their lives. It is most common amongst people between 40 and 60 years old.

Plantar Fasciitis can take several months to heal and there are treatments available to speed up recovery. The Dorsiwedge Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint provides passive dorsiflexion allowing night time immobilisation and stretching. Plantar Fasciitis night splints such as the Dorsiwedge stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal. The Dorsiwedge Night Splint is suitable for Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis and fits the left and right foot.

The Strassburg Sock is an effective and portable treatment for heel pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis. The Strassburg Socks consists of a tubular knit material that fits over the calf with two adjustable straps. The straps help to maintain the foot in a neutral to a slightly stretched position. The Strassburg Sock is easy to use and is designed to keep tension on the plantar fascia so it heals in a stretched position at night. Involuntary stretching of the plantar fascia over a long period of time, can help to strengthen the arch of the foot therefore reducing potential re-occurrences of heel pain.

The Health and Care Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint holds the foot in Dorsi flexion and is designed to stretch the plantar fascia and help with heel pain. When this stretch is sustained for an extended period such as overnight this treatment is very effective. The Health and Care Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint is very durable whilst remaining comfortable and helps to relive heel pain.