What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, which involves inflammation to the thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot. This band of issue is used to connect your heel bone to your toes, also known as plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis can often cause a sharp pain that normally occurs as soon as you wake up. The pain commonly decreases through the day, but can return after walking, standing or running for a long period of time. Despite its insidious nature, it's one of the most prevalent orthopaedic ailments, with an estimated 1 in 10 people suffering in their lifetime.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
- Plantar fasciitis is caused due to constant straining the part of your foot which connects the heel bone to your toes, also known as plantar fascia.
It’s not always clear, or consistent to why this happens. It’s commonly a heritable condition, however, there are ways to treat the pain;
- Wearing wide, comfortable shoes with a low and soft heel.
- Using insoles in your shoes
- Comfortable arch support
- Resting your foot raised when you can
- Avoid putting pressure on your feet if you’re able to (e.g. try swimming rather than running)
What are the best shoes for plantar fasciitis?
Since 1978, Toffeln has been creating shoes for those standing for long periods of time and are the footwear brand of choice for healthcare professionals across the UK.
The Toffeln SmartSole Range of plantar fasciitis shoes receives praise from sufferers of this condition with its cupped insole, contoured footbed and customisable arch support that stops your feet from flattening out and limits pronation. It offers extra support around the mid-foot to prevent impact on the heel and evenly distributing your weight across the whole foot to help ease the pain for those with plantar fasciitis.