Pain Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

Chronic heel pain is no laughing matter and can sometimes be difficult to treat if not caught at the right time. If you’re suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or heel pain, the Aircast AirHeel Ankle Brace can help protect your ankle and ease any current pain.

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The AirHeel is unique in its design and is composed of two interconnected aircells at the foot arch and at the back of the Achilles tendon. Pulsating compression from the aircells is applied to the heel with every step you make reducing swelling and enhancing blood circulation, all while providing comfort and support along the way. Strain on the tendon is reduced allowing you to feel secure with your movements and reduce the risk of further injury.

You’ll notice how lightweight and breathable the AirHeel’s fabric is the moment you put it on. The brace slips on easily like a sock and fits comfortably inside a sneaker or athletic shoe – you’ll never notice any bulkiness during wear. Whether you’re a professional athlete or just an active person looking to relieve some pain, the AirHeel brace may be your next best solution.

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Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace

Aircast Airlift for PTTD

Since we’re always moving throughout our busy lives and always on our feet, it’s important to keep an eye on the health and well-being of our feet and legs as we get older. Some adults develop a flat foot, or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). Feet and ankle bones and tendons can wear over time so if you’re suffering from the early stages or rehabbing PTTD, our trained experts recommend the Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace.

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Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace

The brace works to realign and support the ankle to get your foot feeling as healthy as possible. Depending on the severity of your condition, the brace can be used to prevent PTTD from developing, prevent further damage to the area, and used after surgery or during rehab. An aircell is located under the arch of the foot, and when adjusted, can create more of a natural foot position, further adding to your comfort. Additionally, the aircells can be adjusted while wearing shoes so that you can closely monitor the area and adjust the brace during use for superior comfort and stability. Anatomically designed semi-rigid shells are also incorporated into the design of the brace to secure ankle stability so you can walk normally.

Some foot braces require too many straps or a lace-up feature that’s too difficult to put on in a hurry. The Airlift is easy to put on from the rear, so you can slip your foot into simply without hindrance while two straps stabilize the position of your foot. The combination of ease of use, fully adjustable components and complete support and comfort make the Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace a great solution for flat feet.

Foot Pain After Sports? It Could Be Plantar Fasciitis

When you think of injuries during sports, people commonly think of conditions such as ankle sprains and ACL tears. However, there’s one type of injury that often affects athletes that is more common than people realize.

Behind closed doors, many athletes suffer from plantar fasciitis. This includes notable athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Pete Sampras.

What is plantar fasciitis?

In your foot, there’s a fibrous piece of tissue known as the plantar fascia that goes between the heel to the toes. When this band of tissue becomes inflamed, it causes pain in the foot. The condition is therefore called plantar fasciitis. It can occur in all types of patients, which is why it’s not known as a “sports injury”.  Since an athlete is naturally more active, he or she may stress the areas around the foot and lead to inflammation.

Here are two forms of pain relief that we recommend at BetterBraces (and you’ll want to check in with your doctor to make sure these forms of treatment are appropriate for your situation):

  • Wear a brace for plantar fasciitis when participating in sports. This can help reduce the stress on the foot and may relieve or prevent pain so you can keep playing.
  • Wear a plantar fasciitis night splint when you sleep. Plantar fasciitis night splints help with pain by keeping the plantar fascia stretched out overnight. (Typically the worst pain from plantar fasciitis occurs in the morning after waking up… night splints can help relieve this pain.)

If you’re experiencing foot pain after sports, you may want to check in with your doctor to see if it could be plantar fasciitis!

Basketball Plantar Fasciitis? It’s the real deal.

The typical response when you mention “plantar fasciitis” to a basketball player is… “huh?” However, that may not be the case anymore after Spain’s Olympic basketball star Juan Carlos Navarro had to miss some games due to the condition.

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. This tissue creates the arch of the foot and is known as the plantar fascia. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated from overuse it can cause pain and discomfort.

Because basketball involves so much running and foot movement, plantar fasciitis can actually be quite common amongst basketball players. Some athletes wear ankle or foot braces that treat plantar fasciitis, such as the Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace. It gives extra support under the arch and has special aircells that inflate and deflate as you walk to gently massage key areas of the foot.

So if you’re an athlete and start experiencing pain at the heel or bottom of the foot, check with your doctor to see if it may be plantar fasciitis. Then check out braces and supports for plantar fasciitis!

What are Heel Spurs?

Many people have heard of heel spurs but don’t know exactly what they are. A heel spur is a pointy bone growth that can occur from the heel bone. This often results in pain and tenderness in the bottom of the foot and the heel. Because these symptoms are similar to plantar fasciitis, patients may sometimes misdiagnose their condition. Be sure to check with your doctor if you experience prolonged heel pain.

Some ways that a doctor may suggest you treat heel spurs include:

  • Avoiding activities that increase heel pain
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Applying ice or other types of cold therapy
  • Wearing heel cups or other forms of heel pain support that cushion the heel as you walk, such as DonJoy Silicone Heel Cups
  • Replacing worn out shoes
  • Wearing orthotic shoes
  • Participating in physical therapy

Be sure to check with your doctor to determine the appropriate treatment for your condition, and you’ll be well on your way to beating pain from heel spurs!