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Tips for Plantar Fasciitis Pain Relief

Are you one of the thousands of people who suffer from the pain of plantar fasciitis?

The Adjust-A-Lift® Heel Lift is a high-quality product with a reasonable price tag and, most importantly, could provide you the relief you need.

First, let’s cover the basics about plantar fasciitis: what is it, what causes it, and common symptoms.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone. It runs across the bottom of the foot. When for any reason the tissue becomes inflamed, the resulting inflammation is called plantar fasciitis. It’s the most common cause of heel pain.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Inflammation in the plantar fascia can be caused be several factors, including:

  • The shape or structure of the foot—such as flat feet or high arches—that affect the way weight is distributed on the plantar fascia.
  • Wearing shoes with very little support, such as flip-flops.
  • Spending excessive hours on your feet, especially if the surface is hard.
  • Being overweight.
  • A sudden increase in an activity like running or walking. Sports that involve repetitive pounding of the foot such as tennis, gymnastics, soccer and basketball can also cause plantar fasciitis.

Who gets plantar fasciitis?

About two million people receive treatment for plantar fasciitis every year. It’s a muscle inflammation in the foot so anyone with a job or lifestyle that puts repetitive or intense pressure on their heels is at risk. It’s especially common for runners, athletes, hospitality workers, educators, and individuals who are obese.

What are symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. The pain may also flare in the arch, or appear in both the arch and the heel. It commonly causes a sharp, stabbing pain that happens during your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain typically decreases, however, it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after a long period of sitting.

What treatment options are available?

First and foremost, you should always talk to your doctor to discuss treatment options if you think you have plantar fasciitis. Here are a few options to help treat the condition and relieve any discomfort in your heel:

  • Over-the-counter orthotics to help distribute pressure to your feet more evenly.
  • Perform exercises to help stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles’ tendon.
  • Wear a splint that stretches your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep. This helps by holding the plantar fascia and Achilles’ tendon in a lengthened position overnight to reduce tightness.
  • Ice the injured area for fifteen minutes three or four times a day.
  • Take over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Lose weight and/or use crutches.

How can a heel lift help?

The Adjust-A-Lift® Heel Lift is an over-the-counter orthotic that can reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis.

Not to be confused with a heel cup that is intended to serve as a cushion for the heel, a heel lift is designed to elevate the heel so the amount of force applied from the calf to the foot is reduced. The Adjust-A-Lift® Heel Lift heel lift is made with three layers of extra firm, open cell foam rubber, each 1/8-inch-thick, held together with double-sided adhesive. Layers can be removed to accommodate the thickness preferred by the user.

If you struggle with plantar fasciitis, talk to your doctor, physical therapist, or chiropractor and see if the Adjust-A-Lift® Heel Lift is right for you.