Plantar fasciitis – one of the most common causes of heel pain – can grow with time if left untreated.
If you’re suffering from this chronic injury, you would have to deal with pain and inflammation across the bottom of your foot. A thick band of tissue, called plantar fascia, is what causes this and may create a stabbing pain when you walk in the morning.
Although common among runners, plantar fasciitis can also happen among overweight people and those who wear the wrong shoes. Are you one of them? We understand that exercising or doing your hobby, let’s say to play tennis, can be challenging in your condition. The right shoes and a few tips can help to ease the pain to a great extent.
Having plantar fasciitis means your heel suffers the most and you certainly want your shoes to minimize the pain when your heel contacts with the floor. Better shock absorption means it can disperse some of the force of heel striking. Regular running shoes is not a suitable alternative since they offer less or no heel and feet support. To avoid additional pain, do not land directly on your heels when playing tennis
You need to find shoes that will lessen the stress on your plantar fascia when you want by minimizing the windlass mechanism. Not all shoes can do this, so you need to be clear on what you seek.
This windlass mechanism is what causes you need to wear shoes all the time during the intensive plantar fasciitis treatment. When playing tennis, you put your feet under vigorous activity, so pick shoes that fit well and support your foot all the time. Buy a new pair of shoes once you feel your older one has worn out
When playing tennis, you are bound to move around the court; putting your ankle at risk while doing so. Find tennis shoes that are firm and able to support your ankle to minimize the risk of sprained ankle and worsen your condition. Comfortable motion control and fitting size are also another factors to think about before making any purchases.
Lastly, it’s as important to get plenty of rest and physical therapy during your treatment. Staying active is beneficial, but you don’t want to force yourself with excessive movement.
Yes, shoe inserts can help. If the above methods do not work, and if you still find your shoes uncomfortable, you can always purchase custom-made shoe inserts or the ones sold in the stores. These shoe inserts can help you walk comfortably, and are cost effective too. They are cheap and can be worn easily – you wouldn’t experience any discomfort.
While plantar fasciitis can cause some pain, you can minimize it to a great extent and lead a normal life with these simple tips.
Also read: How to Lace Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis