If you’ve ever woken up with sharp pain that seems like it’s started in the arch of your foot and wound its way up to your Achilles heel, then you have likely felt the discomfort of plantar fasciitis. A pain that is common in runners, plantar fasciitis happens normally first thing in the morning, or after long periods of sitting or standing.
Your plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to your toes in the shape of a bowstring. It helps to support your foot, absorbing some of the shock when you walk or run. If there’s too much pressure put on that ligament, it can cause small tears which cause the pain of plantar fasciitis. While it’s very common in runners and walkers, it can also be caused by poor footwear. So while those cheap slides or deck shoes may seem like a great idea, they may cause you to trouble down the road.
Leaving plantar fasciitis untreated can cause trouble as well. Besides the pain it causes, it can also cause you to unknowingly compensate for the pain by altering how you walk or run. Those changes to relieve the pain can lead to foot, knee, hip, or back problems beyond plantar fasciitis.
At Sole Mate’s, we understand the pain of plantar fasciitis and the effect it can have on your life. This is why we specialize in custom orthotics that can fit in your current footwear to help relieve the discomfort caused. Want to learn more, or book an appointment? We’d love to hear from you!