Everyday Pain Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

If you have plantar fasciitis, you know the symptoms all too well. Pain or stiffness in your heel, which is usually the most prominent upon taking your first steps in the morning. While the pain and stiffness may subside as you move about your day, you most likely still experience some level of discomfort from this common condition.

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury and one of the most common causes of heel pain. If you are experiencing foot pain and believe you may have plantar fasciitis (or you’ve already been diagnosed), follow these steps to ease the pain.
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Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. That’s 52 bones in your feet, which make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body.

Since a quarter of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet, when a great deal of force, weight and pressure are placed on them, your chance of injury increases.

In fact, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) conducted a study that revealed 77 percent of Americans (18 and up) suffer from foot pain. Approximately 2 million people in the United States will suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, one of the most common foot pains.

• About 83 percent of active adults, ages 25 to 65, will experience plantars.
• Ten percent of runners will suffer from it.
• Fourteen percent reported improved symptoms simply from changing their shoes.

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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 and support your ankle.

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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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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!