Plantar Fasciitis Support
When you experience pain in your feet, it can be difficult to get through your day and feel comfortable enough to get a good night's rest. Plantar fasciitis is a very common cause of foot pain, and while its symptoms can be unpleasant, the condition can often be managed through changes in lifestyle and various over-the-counter products recommended by your doctor or health care provider. At Walgreens, we can help you find the right solution to help you alleviate your discomfort and improve your quality of life with an assortment of support options.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the term given to pain due to inflammation of the plantar fascia. This band of tissue runs along the bottom of the foot, extending from the heels to the toes.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia can become inflamed due to many causes, and it occurs most often in people with flat feet or high arches. Runners, individuals who are overweight and those whose shoes do not fit tightly are also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis pain.
What Can I Do for Plantar Fasciitis?
The most common treatments for plantar fasciitis are at-home interventions that help to reduce stress on the plantar fascia in order to reduce inflammation and the pain that it causes.
Supports for Daytime
To get relief from plantar fasciitis pain that strikes during the day, you can purchase supports that are designed to be worn inside of your shoes. These products provide cushioning for the underside of the foot and help to absorb pressure when you step and stand. As a result, the supports can help to protect the plantar fascia and decrease inflammation during the day. Sometimes called orthotic insoles, daytime supports for plantar fasciitis are made to fit shoes of certain sizes. You can consult the product descriptions to find out which model will be the best fit for your foot.
Supports for Night
Many people with plantar fasciitis experience pain first thing in the morning due to inflammation developing overnight. A night support can help to decrease the likelihood of your first steps of the day being uncomfortable. Night supports are worn over the toe of the foot and the ankle. Once in place, the supports help the foot stay at an angle that allows the plantar fascia to be extended. Many of these products are one size fits most. It's a good idea to measure the size of your leg just above the ankle to ensure that the night support that you purchase will fit you properly.
Temperature Therapy Support Products
Doctors often recommend ice therapy for short-term relief of plantar fasciitis pain. Ice can help to reduce inflammation by decreasing the flow of blood to the plantar fascia. If your doctor has suggested that you try ice therapy along with a night support, you can simplify treatment by purchasing a night splint with a built-in ice pack. These products function like traditional night supports but also keep a cold compress against the plantar fascia during the night.
Before using any type of plantar fasciitis support product, it's important to explore treatment options with your doctor and discuss what types of solutions are most likely to help you address your symptoms safely.