Speak With a Podiatrist First
Some people mistakenly believe that the foot pain they are experiencing is plantar fasciitis when they may actually be suffering from another common ailment. When you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you are suffering from the breakdown of the collagen connecting your Achilles tendon to the arch of your foot or that of the plantar fascia.
Signs of plantar fasciitis can include symptoms such as a dull or sharp pain in the middle of your foot or on your arch and heel. Because these symptoms can be easily associated with other conditions, make sure and speak with a qualified podiatrist before proceeding with treatment.
How Do You Get Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis pain occurs most often after extended periods of sitting and then standing up or standing up after resting. The elderly, athletes, and pregnant women are the most likely victims of this condition. Athletes may get plantar fasciitis due to their constant physical activity, whereas pregnant women get plantar fasciitis because of the added pressure of baby weight and fluid retention.
Regardless of the cause, there are certain benefits that can be gained by wearing compression socks.
Benefits of Compression Socks
Choosing VIM & VIGR compression socks for plantar fasciitis is a great first step to alleviating the pain and discomfort of this condition. With our patented compression technology, our socks help to support the muscles and tendons in your calf and achilles that have been affected by plantar fasciitis, applying graduated pressure throughout the day, even when you are sitting or lying down.
Compression socks and sleeves can also help with heel pain by promoting circulation from the feet to the rest of the body, which in turn reduces the inflammation that exacerbates plantar fasciitis. As a chronic condition, compression socks do not cure plantar fasciitis, but they do help to relieve pain and maintain productivity during the day, whether you’re sitting or standing, walking or running.
Other Treatment Options
Other treatment methods for plantar fasciitis involve stretching and strengthening the calves and performing stair stretches. One study even suggests that upwards of 80% of patients with plantar fasciitis that perform stretching programs on a daily basis end up being successfully treated when compared to other treatment methods, such as taking anti-inflammatory prescription drugs to reduce inflammation and a technique known as plantar strapping.
Strengthening programs should be focused on the muscles of the feet and include the use of toe taps in order for the best results. These exercises may include picking up small objects such as marbles and coins off of the toes as the individual is wearing compression socks. Research different stretches online; trying several different approaches to plantar fasciitis is key.
Changing shoes or changing the size of your shoes can also be a fitting solution. Some patients may benefit from wearing shoes that fit them properly, as some people who end up with plantar fasciitis wear shoes that are too small for their feet. Going up an extra shoe size may be all you need to break free from plantar fasciitis.
You can purchase custom-made sole inserts to aid with arch support, and you can get them over the counter or have them custom-made to fit your feet. Generally speaking, your results will be just as great with over-the-counter inserts as they would be with custom-made shoe inserts that come out to be more expensive.
When you choose a shoe insert, be sure to pick the insert that is firmer, as this will help to ensure that you get great arch support and do not unintentionally strain your plantar fasciitis even more.
Combining physical therapy with the aid of orthotic inserts and compression socks often provides tremendous relief for patients. However, in more severe cases where these noninvasive interventions do not provide adequate pain relief, surgery may be performed. Surgery should only be considered after you have exhausted all other options, such as stretching, over-the-counter medication, changing the size of your shoes, and compression socks.
Talk to your podiatrist about which treatment option would be the best for your specific case.