By Kenneth Lee
Poor arch support can lead to Plantar fasciitis, also known as foot heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by being on your feet for long periods of time without proper arch support in your shoes, or other types of footwear like slippers and sandals. People who are on their feet for long periods of time like nurses, restaurant workers, delivery people, factory employees, and teachers, just to name a few, are prone to suffer common foot pain. Professional athletes and weekend warriors alike also can suffer from the painful foot condition associated with plantar fasciitis because it is an overuse injury of the fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot.
Many people describe plantar fasciitis as sharp pain in the foot particularly in heel area. Usually it is most painful first thing in the morning when getting out of bed, or after sitting for long periods of time. Mild to medium conditions can lead to foot swelling, tenderness and cause a person to limp. It severe cases the sufferer may find it difficult to walk at all. Some ways people try to treat plantar fasciitis by using “RICE” (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Store bought insoles and custom orthotics prescribed by doctors can be helpful. New innovations like Strutz Arch supports which incorporate compression and support to help the plantar fascia rest and can also help alleviate foot pain. Some have found relief by rolling their feet on top of a golf ball. Podiatrists and orthopedists may also use cortisone injections, and in severe cases recommend surgery to help relieve the pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Less invasive treatment protocols like insoles or arch supports are generally preferred over surgery, so the sufferer’s down time is limited. The patented Strutz Arch supports can be an effective and economical way to help relieve common foot pain just like the insoles, tapes and wraps found in many drugstores.