Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

 
Heel pain is often experienced as a result of inflammation caused by excessive pronation, which results in over-stretching of the Plantar Fascia - hence the medical term for the condition 'Plantar Fasciitis'.  The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue that runs along the the plantar (bottom) surface of the foot. The plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone and supports the arch of the foot by acting like a bow string. When the plantar fascia is stretched too much (often due to excessive pronation), it can cause the fascia to start to tear away from the heel bone, resulting in inflammation and pain.
 
If left untreated, Plantar Fasciitis can lead to the development of a heel spur. A heel spur develops as a bony growth on front of the heel bone. It is the body's natural response to prevent the fascia from detaching at the heel bone. Generally a heel spur grows as a rate of approximately 1mm per year, if the stress on the plantar fascia is not relieved. 
 
Symptoms
Sharp pain, stiffness and aching in and around the heel are very common with this ailment. Sufferers often experience a dull to sharp ache or pain occurring in the heel when getting out of bed of a morning. The plantar fascia is less flexible when it has been rested (overnight or after a period of sitting down), and so the pain can be more severe when standing after a period of rest . Usually the pain subsides within a few minutes, but may re-occur once this sequence is re-established. Pain can be felt in the centre of the heel, or either side. 
 
Plantar Fasciitis is more common in overweight patients, pregnant women, people who have recently increased their level of activity.
 
How Pedistep Orthotics Help
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is most successfully treated by correcting excess pronation, or restoring support to the arch of the foot . Pedistep Orthotics are designed to control pronation which assists in preventing over-stretching of the plantar fascia, thus relieving pain and discomfort, and preventing the condition from deteriorating further (i.e. the formation of a heel spur).