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Heel PainHeel pain, heel spur and Plantar Fasciitis are commonly described as a sharp or stabbing pain from the bottom of the feet that turns into a dull, burning ache. The pain could be felt upon waking up in the morning – walking or warming up tends to diminish the pain – but then it could return after prolonged sitting or resting.

The most common cause of this condition is over pronation, or excessive rolling of the feet. While walking, the feet commonly roll inwards, the arch collapses and the bony structures at the bottom of the foot elongate. This provides more strain to the ligaments, nerves and heel bone, and eventually causes pain.

Lightfeet orthotics helps the plantar fascia in keeping the proper alignment of the feet and supporting the arches. Because there would be less pressure on the plantar fascia, heel pain is greatly diminished.

What Are Heel Pain, Heel Spur and Plantar Fasciitis?

Heel Pain – is a common foot condition, often affecting one heel, although pain in both heels is also possible. Pain is described to be worse in the morning or upon resuming activity after prolonged standing or sitting.

Heel Spur – also called calcaneal (heel) spur, this type of foot condition often occurs in patients with plantar fasciitis. Some cases may be painless while other patients may experience intense pain. Repeated stress to the heel bone causes calcium deposits to pile, creating a spur-shaped build-up on the bottom of the heel. Because of its relation to plantar fasciitis, treating heel spur also gives relief to the plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis – refers to the pain and inflammation of the thick band of ligament (plantar fascia) under the foot. Inflammation of this tissue causes stabbing pain and tenderness to the underside of the heel. Prolonged strain to the foot because of over-pronation and intense activities creates tears and injuries to the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and pain.

What Causes Heel Pain, Heel Spur and Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Foot deformities – abnormalities like flat or high-arched feet increase the strain on the plantar fascia and causes inflammation and pain.
  • Non-supportive footwear – wearing shoes that doesn’t support the arches can also cause plantar fasciitis and heel spur.
  • Prolonged standing on flat surfaces – some jobs that require standing for long hours also gives more pressure to the heel and surrounding tissues.
  • Strenuous activities – running and lifting heavy weights aggravates these conditions.
  • Repetitive stress injury – undiagnosed or untreated heel pain may exacerbate to a more serious condition.

Treatment for Heel Pain, Heel Spur and Plantar Fasciitis

  • Rest – patient may choose activities that don’t aggravate their condition such as swimming and cycling.
  • Ice pack – to relieve pain and swelling on the affected are, apply ice for 20 minutes, 3 times a day. Don’t apply the ice directly to the skin.
  • Strapping – performed by a podiatrist, this can temporarily fix foot deformities and help rest the affected area for fast recovery.
  • Stretching and Strengthening Exercises – warming up by stretching calf muscles relieves the pressure on the plantar ligament and helps in the proper functioning of the foot.
  • Proper shoes – use proper shoes for different activities. Supportive shoes are suitable for people with mechanical abnormalities of the foot.
  • Anti-inflammatory and Pain medications – used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation at the site of injury. It can be bought over-the-counter or doctor-prescribed.
  • Cortisone Injection – for chronic pain and inflammation that doesn’t respond to any of the above treatments.
  • Surgery - a more invasive procedure for poorly responding cases, removal of the plantar fascia can be done.

Orthotics balance the foot especially those with bony structure deformities.

Lightfeet Insoles gives pain relief by supporting the foot and relieving the excess pressure on the plantar fascia due to over pronation.

To avoid debilitating conditions and complications from heel pain, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, the use of Lightfeet insoles are recommended. People with foot deformities will benefit more from these products.

Lightfeet design features help to re-align the foot to reduce injury and pain.