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.