Aircast Round-the-Clock Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

A few days ago we posted about ways to treat plantar fasciitis. One form of treatment that was mentioned was to wear an ankle brace during the day to support your foot as you walk around. Another method was to wear a plantar fasciitis night splint at night, which stretches the plantar fascia to avoid the extreme pain that often plagues plantar fasciitis patients in the morning.

One product we offer at BetterBraces is a plantar fasciitis kit that comes with both the Aircast Airheel ankle brace and the Aircast Dorsal Night Splint. Check out the video below to learn more about round-the-clock plantar fasciitis relief.

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Antonio Gates on the Road to Beating Plantar Fasciitis

When Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers tore his plantar fascia last year, sports enthusiasts questioned whether his career had reached its peak. Even after the tear healed, he was plagued by reoccurring plantar fasciitis all through the 2010-2011 season and through the start of this year.

It’s clear that Antonio Gates is coming out of his shell again, despite the Chargers’ 45-38 loss against the Packers. He received 8 passes for 96 yards and scored a touchdown in Sunday’s game. There was no indication that he was letting his plantar fasciitis bother him at all.

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, here are some things you can do to help treat and minimize the pain:

  • Rest and ice the area and stop performing the activities that cause pain.
  • Use anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Wear a foot brace during the day, such as the Aircast Airheel which supports the bottom of the foot and enhances circulation.
  • Wear a plantar fasciitis night splint during the night, which helps stretch the plantar fascia while you sleep and reduces pain in the morning. (Note, you can also get a plantar fasciitis kit which contains both the Airheel and Aircast Dorsal Night Splint.)
  • If your doctor recommends it, go to physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the plantar fascia.

It looks like the rest and rehabilitation that Antonio Gates has been putting toward his foot is finally starting to pay off. Check with your doctor for the appropriate treatment for your condition, and don’t let plantar fasciitis hold you back from doing the activities that you enjoy!

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed or torn. Plantar fasciitis can make it difficult to walk and perform everyday activities.

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:

  • Overuse - Athletes are prone to plantar fasciitis because of the added pressure they apply to the tendon from running and jumping.
  • Arthritis - Some types of arthritis can cause inflammation to develop in the tendons, especially among the elderly.
  • Wearing Incorrect Shoes - Some shoes do not fit properly or provide inadequate support. This can cause improper weight distribution as you walk, adding stress to the plantar fascia.
  • Other Foot Conditions – Other foot conditions such as flat foot or high arches can cause the foot to be overworked or stretched abnormally, resulting in inflammation.

Wearing a foot brace for plantar fasciitis can help provide support to the arch of your foot to alleviate pain from an inflamed ligament. If you feel pain in your foot, consult your doctor for the best treatment and make sure you’re wearing good shoes!

Wear the Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace for Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis and Heel Pain

The Aircast Airheel ankle brace is specifically designed to help treat heel pain and bottom of foot pain. When you wear this brace, it applies pulsating, pneumatic compression under the arch of your foot and on your Achilles tendon.

The Aircast AirHeel is equipped with two interconnected aircells, located under the foot arch and in back of the Achilles tendon. When you take a step, the first air chamber (under the arch) begins to collapse, thus reducing the stress to the plantar fascia (the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes). Air is forced into the chamber surrounding the Achilles tendon which then inflates. The inflated Achilles chamber applies compression to the Achilles tendon to reduce strain on the tendon.

This technology helps to minimize swelling and enhance circulation. It’s especially suited for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Here’s what our customers have to say about the Aircast Airheel ankle support:

“I had the most inflamed plantar fasciitis foot that my doctor had ever seen. This product in three weeks has brought me down to a much better place and has been very effective and comfortable.” – Allie

“I’ve had heel pain for years… bursitis, heel spurts, and plantar fasciitis… throughout my international basketball career, and this brace has made the pain disappear. I feel like I’ve never had heel pain before! Thank you!” – Lou

“I had severe plantar fasciitis and had a lot of trouble with it. I bought an Aircast Airheel. Within two weeks I was healed! No pain at all. Great product – I just ordered three more so I can keep one in my motorcoach and different homes.” – Robert

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or other types of foot pain, check out our braces for foot injuries.