Minnesota Orthotics St Paul MN | Foot, Heal and Arch Pain
Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. It can lead to complex problems that can affect the functioning of other parts of the body. Foot pain, knee pain, lower back pain and even neck pain can be directly related to the way your foot hits the ground when you walk. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis.
Foot, Heal and Arch Pain
Plantar Faciitis is a common aliment that results in a stabbing pain at the bottom of the heel. It is the result of the stretching of the Plantar Fascia ligament that connects the bottom (plantar) surface of the forefoot to the heel. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Most people feel the pain of plantar fascitis after awakening, however long periods of standing or sitting, then walking can trigger the pain.
The primary cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue band (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes. This pain is generally centered under the heel, and can be caused by (but not limited to) activities that include:
- Wearing improper footwear
- Excessive weight
- Walking barefoot and/or walking barefoot on hard surfaces
- An increase in exercise
- Abnormal foot biomechanics (excessive pronation or supination)
Any of these factors, in combination with how your feet function mechanically, can cause plantar fasciitis.
While many heel pain sufferers often assume their heel pain is caused by a heel spur on the heel bone (commonly referred to as “heel spur syndrome”), heel spurs have been proven to not be the cause of heel pain.
The pain is usually in the front and bottom of the heel, but the definition of “plantar fasciitis” indicates it can be over any portion of the bottom of the foot where the fascia is located. Patients often report that the pain “moves around.” The pain can be mild or debilitating. It can last a few months, become permanent, or come and go every few months or years for the rest of a patient’s life with no obvious explanation. Every year, about 1% of the population seeks medical help for this condition.
Foot-related problems are often treated very successfully with custom made orthotic inserts that you put right in your shoe like an insole.
Orthotics are prescribed to:
- Reduce pain
- Provide support
- Prevent or slow down the development of a foot deformity
- Provide better positioning of the foot, knee and hips
- Improve the overall biomechanical function of the body
- Shock absorption
It’s not normal for your feet to hurt. If you are experiencing achy, painful or tired feet, call today for an evaluation!
Orthotics allows the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. When appropriately fitted, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back. By eliminating the need for one’s muscles to compensate for imbalances, orthotics can reduce fatigue and promote efficient muscle function to enhance performance.
Custom orthotic devices have the greatest chance of reducing the tension in your plantar fascia, reducing your pain, and helping you avoid surgery. They can also increase stability in an unstable joint and prevent an early foot deformity from developing additional problems.