High Heels Can Cause Severe Foot Problems:

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High heels may be stylish in the workplace but they can cause more damage than you might imagine.  The stileto type heels are so high, that it puts a downward angle on the foot causing extreme pressure on the forefoot and cause the foot to even change shape.  Women are most prone to plantar fascitis and achilles tendonitis than men for obvious reasons.

Foot Solutions has a technology that can scan the customer's foot to and determine what type of arch supports or footwear is best for that individual.  

The company works with clients who have plantar fasciitis, which causes pain due to inflamed tissue. It’s most often caused by progressive flattening of the arches over time.

Others come in for help with tendonitis, arch problems, back pain and complications from ailments ranging from arthritis to diabetes….More at Company uses technology to treat feet – The News-Press


High Heels Cause Plantar Fascitis

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Did you know that high heels and thongs are among the number one causes of developing plantar fascitis, achilles tendonitis or other heel and foot problems?   The foot arch is comprised of a band of tissues; when thses tissues become inflamed, it is known as plantar fascitis. The act of squeezing and gripping the toes causes inflamation to tissues and tendons in the foot which can lead to these chronic and painful conditions.  The summer months are when most people have complaints of foot problems due to their footwear.  

A common complaint, ahead of iliotibial band syndrome and Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a band of tissue that supports the foot arch…More at Why you must be kind to your feet – Illawarra Mercury

Women are more prone to foot problems than men because of the type of footwear they wear.  Sandals, thongs and high heels are the main culprits.  

Are You a Candidate?

Athletes and runners are the primary individuals most susceptible to contracting plantar fascitis, achilles tendonitis or other types of foot problems, but those that stand or work on their feet alot, such as check-out operators, are also at risk.

Symptoms of Plantar Fascitis

The chief symptom of plantar fascitis is a stabbing pain in the heel or arch of the foot upon arising and getting out of bed.  The pain will usually subside after wobbling around for a few minutes.

Prevention/Pain Relief

There are measures you can take to avoid getting achilles tendonitis or worse, as well as things you can do to help relieve the chronic pain.  Among them are:

  • resting and icing the painful area
  • stretching exercises
  • massaging techniques
  • changing your type of footwear
  • change the running surface from hard pavement (high impact) to grass or sand (low impact)
  • EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activating Technology) which sends shock waves to stimulate blood flow which allows for faster healing – it takes about 3 treatments before you benefit from the results.

Watch this video for more information about heel pain and what you can do to relieve the painful symptoms.

Shoes Could Contribute to Plantar Fascitis:

Could your shoes be contributing to a painful tendonitis type known as plantar fascitis?  You bet it could!  Improper fitting footwear is one of the leading causes of plantar fasicitis.

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Plantar fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain. It's the inflammation and damage of the connective tissue located on the sole of the foot called the plantar fascia. Tension is placed on the plantar fascia during walking or running and excessive pressure can cause damage. The repetitive and prolonged strain on the plantar fascia is often seen in runners, dancers and gymnasts. Signs of plantar fasciitis are pain under the heel and the inner sole of the foot. The pain of plantar fasciitis increases with rest so people usually feel the most pain first thing in the morning….More at Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints Foot Pain Results From Poorly Fitting Shoes – iTech Post

Achilles Tendonitis Caused by Improper Footwear

Improper footwear could also cause achilles tendonitis issues as well.  

Achilles Tendonitis is damage and pain in the Achilles tendon. The calf is made up of two major muscles, one above the knee joint and one below the knee joint. Both muscles insert to the heel bone through the Achilles tendon. When the calf contracts, tension is placed on the Achilles tendon and excessive force can cause damage. Too much repetition and stress on the tendon can cause degeneration and inflammation. The Achilles tendon may tear due to sudden acceleration or force and commonly seen in running sports such as marathon, triathlon and football. …More at Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints Foot Pain Results From Poorly Fitting Shoes – iTech Post

If you suffer from achilles tendonitis or plantar fascitis or just the painful symptoms of this condition, check out this video for some information on what you can do to relieve the pain and discomfort you might be feeling.

Plantar Fascitis:

Do you have plantar fascitis and not even know it?  Do you really even know what plantar fascitis is?  Read on to see if you have plantar fascitis and what plantar fascitis treatments are available to you.

Plantar Fasciits is the inflammation of a band of fibrous tissue at the bottom of your foot. Aching or sharp pain usually occurs on the inside arches of your foot, and/or sometimes is focused around the bottom aspect of the heel bone. Stretching pain is usually most prominent upon the first step in morning, and usually feels worse the day after bouts of increased running mileage….More at Plantar Fasciitis: What causes it and what you can do about it – OregonLive.com (blog)

What Causes Plantar Fascitis?

Most of the time the foot pain experienced by plantar fascitis, a type of tendonitis, is caused by excessive weight bearing on the foot or increased mileage from too much running.  It may also be caused by improper foot wear.

Treatment for Plantar Fascitis:

Here are a few simple things you can do to relieve the pain associated with plantar fascitis and, over time, could eliminate this type of tendonitis all together.

  1. Proper footwear – this is the easiest way to relieve foot pain. Buy the proper footwear for the acitivity.  Shoes with arch supports are best or you could purchase over-the-counter arch supports
  2. Stretch, stretch…massage the bottom of your foot with a tennis ball to soften up the tissue prior to standing up.  Roll the tennis ball down the calves as well as this has a direct bearing on plantar fascitis.
  3. Manual therapy by a physical therapist can help with softening up fibrotic tissue and reduce inflammation of the fascia. ASTYM is a very popular approach with excellent results. It may be uncomfortable at first, but effects and relief are felt immediately. Over-pronation is sometimes a culprit to plantar fascia, which can be corrected by changing the landing angles of the foot and knee in walking and running – strengthening the gluteus muscles would help correct this loading angle. Physical Therapy for plantar fasciitis need not be a long stint of rehab – 4 weeks is the usual timeframe of PT needed….More at Plantar Fasciitis: What causes it and what you can do about it – OregonLive.com (blog)
  4. Wear a soft splint at night which will align the toes and keep them from pointing downward. This may relieve the foot pain.
  5. Visit a podiatrist. You  may need to have a cortisone injection administered at the site of pain or the podiatrist might even suggest surgical options if the plantar fascitis is really bad.


Plantar Fascitis Pain Treatment

Botox is not just being used for cosmetic reasons alone.  A recent experiment was performed on patients suffering from a type of tendonitis known as plantar fascitis.  A group of 19 people were given botox to relieve their chronic pain symptoms.  Although the baseline was about the same as compared to those individuals using a steroidal injection, the pain was significantly reduced/improved in those given the botox injection.

Tratamiento estética

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It is important to note that patients must perform plantar fascia stretching exercises to obtain a rapid and sustained improvement of plantar fasciitis,” say Carlos Acosta-Olivo (Hospital Universitario “Dr Jose E Gonzalez,” Universidad Autonomade Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico) and co-workers….More at Botox relieves plantar fasciitis pain – News-Medical.net

If you or someone you know is trying to deal with a chronic and painful condition like plantar fascitis or some other injury, perhaps they should delve into the benefits of botox injections as an alternative pain reliever.

Botulinum Toxin Decreases Plantar Fascitis Pain

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Researchers in Mexico performed a study and found that botulinum toxin was more effective in reducing the painful symptoms of plantar fascitis than individuals who received steroid injections. 

Botulinum vs. Steroids

“We found that a combination of BTX-A [botulinum toxin A] applications into the gastroc-soleus complex and plantar fascia stretching exercises yielded better results for the treatment of plantar fasciitis than intralesional steroids,” Carlos Acosta-Olivo, MD, PhD, from the Autonomous University in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, stated in a press release….More at Study: Botulinum toxin A decreases plantar fasciitis pain more than steroids – Healio

If you suffer with plantar fascitis and experience the pain that goes along with it, there are some exercises that you can perform that may help alleviate this painful condition.