Plantar Fasciitis; a real pain in the……foot!
The plantar fascia is a fibrous band that runs from the heel to the toes. It provides strength, stabilisation and shock absorption to the foot.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that occurs when the plantar fascia becomes damaged and painful. When the foot is used a lot (e.g. long distance running or walking) micro-tears in the tissue don’t have enough time to heal, and then become irritated and inflamed.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain on the inside of the heel bone when walking after a period of rest. It is often first thing in the morning when the pain is worse. As the day wears on and the foot is used more the pain often subsides giving you a feeling that “everything is okay to carry on exercising”. This can be dangerous as continued exercise often worsens the condition.
The golden rule with Plantar Fasciitis is that you need to stretch the plantar fascia as soon as you suspect it is getting sore or tight. This can be done by pulling the toes back towards the leg or rolling a ball under a bare foot.
Whether you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or wishing to stay free from re-injury an Active650 ankle support can lessen the stresses and loads on the plantar fascia, reducing the likelihood of tissue damage.
Hold it if it Hurts!
Whether it’s a bump, a strain, a muscle tear or even a broken bone, what is the first thing you do when you hurt yourself?
You immediately grab hold of the bit that hurts. The management of the injury over the next hours, days and weeks may well differ but everyone’s initial reaction to pain is the same: clutch it, cradle it, hold it.
Why is this?
Quite simply, we don’t know. Theories range from affecting the pain receptors to providing a tourniquet-like effect for nerves and blood vessels to isolating the damaged structures and preventing further movement.
Whatever the reason is, we all do it.
Clearly, it would be impossible to spend all day holding your injury, which is why we at Active650 have come up with a range of super-comfortable supports that clutch, cradle and hold for you.
You get on with your life while Active 650 holds the bit that hurts!
The Active650 Difference
Unique fabric with superior stretch
Allows full range of movement
Will not slip
Closed cell technology repels sweat, bacteria and odour
No complicated taping requiring costly reapplication and therapist visits