Our body is built to sustain certain levels of physical stress. Surviving and carrying on with our lives used to mean in the old days - as in, pre-cultural ages - to run and jump and lift things, even fighting to death was on the table. And our body needed to take all of that without breaking, so it has developed its features, both from the functional and structural point of view, to endure impact, weight and physical stress.
However, we can't just take anything life throws at us. Our bodies still can be damaged and overstressed, and it is in us to take care of what we do so we don't subject our bones, muscles and soft tissue to an effort or impact so big that they will become damaged. Yet sometimes we do things that are harmful for us, mostly without even realizing until we do damage our tissue and pain appears. It is very common that this happen to our feet.
And that isn't strange, after all. Our feet support our whole body weight, so they are built to support quite strong forces and pressure. The shape of the arch is, from a structural point of view, the best to endure weight - that's the same principle behind arch bridges and vaults - so that's the shape our feet have taken over the course of evolution.
Our feet can become overloaded if they have to endure too much weight or impact. For this reason, people who either carry too much weight - due to their activities or to overweight - or subject their feet to constant hits - in example, runners on hard ground and other athletes - are putting their own feet at risk of damage.
There is a quite common foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. It can affect anyone, but people who subject their feet to extra impact or pressure are at higher risk of developing this condition. Bad news is, it's very painful and it can worsen if untreated; good news is, with proper measures it can relieve itself after a while and it leaves no sequelae. This could happen to you, so what is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, soft tissue strings that connect the two tips of your bone arch inside your feet, and they stretch from back to front under the skin of your soles. Putting extra pressure on your feet makes your arches bend and strains your plantar fascia; an excess of pressure or impact may cause the fibers of your plantar fascia to start ripping at a microscopical level, causing inflammation and pain.
People who experience plantar fasciitis often complain of a throbbing pain on one or both of their soles, as if they were stepping on a sharp blade every time they walked. The pain is often worse after sleeping or keeping your feet off the ground for a while, and it relives after walking or standing.
If you are currently experiencing this characteristic symptom, you might have plantar fasciitis. We suggest that you see a podologist or clinic and have your pain tested. If it turns out that you have plantar fasciitis, you can take very simple measurements to help ease the pain. Your doctor will more than likely prescribe orthotic insoles for you.
The purpose of Orthotic insoles for Plantar Fasciitis is to provide additional support to your foot arches. Since this condition is caused by overstressing the plantar fascia, which is in itself due to excessive pronation (squeezing down) of your foot archs, proper support will prevent your arches from being deformed and your plantar fascia from stretching too much. In other words, Orthotics for heel pain (plantar fasciitis) work because they keep all pieces of your feet in place, even when they are being overloaded.
Getting proper insoles for your feet is actually much easier than it seems. You can get a wide range of orthotics to help cure plantar fasciitis at any orthotic store, because off-the-shelf insoles will do just fine to relieve your pain. You don't need to purchase special orthotics with a prescription, and that's why merely going to an orthotic shop is all you need to get what you require. We suggest that you conduct some research and find facts and information about orthotics, though, because there are many different orthotics in the market, and you should get an idea in order to pick the ones that will be best for you. Some provide extra cushioning for the affected area of your sole, and others have holes in the center of the heel area - these are perfect for heel spur.
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