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In-Sights on Common Walking Injuries like Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

Identifying Feet Ailments

Of all the parts of your body, your feet deserve special attention since your entire body weight is borne and balanced by them. For avid fitness enthusiasts, it is necessary to understand that minor injuries, pain or discomfort experienced as a result of intensive walking or running can cause chronic ailments in the long run. It is best that you identify them and nip them in the bud before they aggravate to an irreversible condition.

Causes and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is probably the most common foot complaint, wherein one tends to experience tenderness or inflammation in the heel area or the base of the foot. The basic reason for this inflammation or tear could be because of excessive physical activity, weight or the age factor. It is common for people suffering from Plantar fasciitis to experience acute pain and stiffness in the heels when they wake up in the morning, because of the stiffening process of the plantar fascia tissue during the night. If precautionary steps are not taken on time, this will gradually give rise to heel spurs, which are painful bony outgrowths around the heel that are formed as a result of calcium deposition around the area.

Easing the Pain

Since over-stretching of the plantar fascia due to increased pressure on your feet is the chief cause of Plantar Fasciitis, the counter measures to ease the pain include foot and leg stretches that help in making your calf muscles flexible, so that the subsequent pressure exerted on the base of your foot is less. Applying an Ice Pack or Anti-Inflammatory Ointment on Your Feet can provide temporary pain relief to a large extent. But one must remember that consuming painkillers will only provide temporary relief from the pain, and the real solution lies in proper orthotic treatment. Read More...

Orthotic Insoles are a widely accepted treatment tool

Widespread importance of Orthotic Insoles

The role played by orthotic insoles in correcting foot ailments is truly significant. Runner and athletes across the world are using customized foot insoles for the purpose of correcting imbalances in their feet. Not only do they provide a good foundational support for your feet thereby keeping all major foot ailments at bay, leading podiatrists are propounding the use of orthotic insoles as a widely accepted treatment tool. And the treatment aided by orthotic insoles is not just restricted to Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendonitis, but also include various other foot health hazards and many foot complaints like Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Dry Needling, Flat Feet and so on.

Understanding Gait Analysis

The technical study of body movements and body mechanics, in lieu with the specific workings of bones and muscles, is what Gait Analysis is all about. Gait patterns are studied on the basis of the age, height, weight, health condition and overall speed of the subject. With the application of gait analysis, and related technical studies to orthotic insoles, it is now possible for orthotic experts to customize orthotic insoles to meet the exact requirements of the patient. So all you need to do is specify the following aspects about yourself and your requirements, and a tailor-made, clinically validated orthotic insole will be specially made for you. Read More...

How orthotics help relieve Plantar Fasciitis

How high impact affects feet

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. Read More...

Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain and Fallen Arches!

Walking on cathedrals

The structure of our body is the result of millions and millions of years of evolution. Nature has had enough time to try out hundreds of possible designs; some of them pervived while others died out. Natural selection has pushed imperfect structures out of the way, and now our bodies can rival the most perdurable architectures of human culture. As a matter of fact, soon we will learn that the shape of our skeleton and all our musculoskeletal and soft tissue and how everything is put together inside of us, are a masterwork of physics and architectural design, and use the same principles and basic shapes as buildings.

Many churches, palaces and other constructions that have perdured over time have some form of arch structure. Stone buildings in particular are very heavy, they weight countless tons of story over story, and yet they have managed to stay erect for centuries. The shape of the arch is perfect to hold these monstruous structures because it distributes the weight down to the ground with no vulnerable spots - as long as the arch itself is well constructed. Bridges, vaults and subterranean passages take advantage of this principle to hold in place, and our feet do exactly the same. They support the weight of our whole body plus everything we carry with us, so they need an arch shape in order to be able to take all that weight without breaking or falling down. However, if that arch is somehow compromised, our feet will not be able to carry out their function properly. The same way a damaged column is a weak point in a structure that may cause the whole building to collapse, problems with our foot arches may bend our whole skeleton and damage our soft tissue. Read More...

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Guide

Feet conditions

Our feet are usually subjected to constant strain and activity. We use them when we stand, when we walk, run and jump, and even when we are sitting down and change positions. In some situations, they can be more vulnerable to overstressing or injury, and become damaged. Excessive mechanical impact can hurt the tissue of our feet, as in the case of athletic activities on hard surfaces or carrying too much weight, including our own body weight. Also, structural issues like flat foot can interfere with the feet's natural capacity to support our body and the impact of running and jumping. 

We develop feet conditions when this happens, and the most common symptom in these cases is pain. Here are the answers to frequent questions about foot pain. Read More...

Healthy feet mean a healthy you.

  • In-Sights on Common Walking Injuries like Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs
  • Orthotic Insoles are a widely accepted treatment tool
  • How orthotics help relieve Plantar Fasciitis
  • Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain and Fallen Arches!
  • Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Guide
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