If you are suffering from pain on the arch of your foot chances are is that you are suffering from a very common foot injury called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia ligament becomes overstretched, damaged or inflamed. The plantar fascia is a a very important ligament that connects your toes to your heel and spans the length or the arch of your foot. Its has lots of very important functions for example the plantar fascia is used to support your foot, helps you to pronate your feet during the gait cycle and helps prevent harmful shock from damaging your feet. When the plantar fascia becomes damaged it ability to perform these functions becomes inhibited leaving your feet at greater risk of further damage and injury as a result. If you have plantar fasciitis it can cause a tight and sharp stabbing pain around the arch of your foot. This pain is usually worst first thing in the morning as you take your first steps of the day. There are lots of different reason as to why you might have developed plantar fasciitis. Here is a list of common causes:
-Excessive pronation is a biomechanical imbalance that affects the way that you walk and is the most common reason why people develop plantar fasciitis. If your feet over pronate which is when your feet roll inwards excessively or if your feet supinate which is when your feet roll outwards excessively during the gait cycle this can put extra strain and pressure on the plantar fascia ligament. Over time this extra strain can cause damage to the fascia ligament causing it to become overstretched and inflamed.
-Wearing ill-fitted, tight and unsupportive shoes is never a good idea if you want to keep your feet healthy. This is because these kind of shoes will put extra pressure and may cause biomechanical imbalances to occur which can cause plantar fasciitis as well as other injuries such as metatarsalgia and heel spurs.
-Walking on hard surfaces for a prolonged period of time. Walking on hard surfaces barefoot or without wearing shoes that properly support and protect your feet from shock for a prolonged period of time can cause plantar fasciitiis. This is because this can cause extra shock and pressure on your plantar fascia as you walk which your plantar fascia is not designed to cope with.
-Our arch is designed to support our entire body weight however obesity or sudden weight gain can cause increased stress and pressure on the arch that it is unable to cope with and can cause the ligaments found in the arch to become overstretched and damaged. This is why maintaining a healthy weight is important not only to your health but also for looking after your feet.
If left untreated arch pain and plantar fasciitis will only get worse. That is why it is important to treat this foot condition as soon as possible. There are lots of different treatments that you can try to help ease your plantar fasciitis such as taking painkillers and doing regular stretching exercises to restrengthen the supporting muscles around your arch. However, the most effective treatments are treat the underlining causes.
How insoles can help?
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or arch pain wearing a pair of orthotic arch support insoles can help treat the underlining causes of your arch pain. Orthotic arch support insoles are designed to help support the arch of your feet and take strain off your arches. These insoles will also realign and reposition your feet to help prevent biomechanical imbalances from occurring such as over pronation and supination that maybe causing extra strain and pressure on your arches when you walk or run. Here at BleachBlack we have a range of the very best orthotic arch support insoles that will help to reduce strain and pain on your arches and help you to get back on your feet. All of our insoles come with a full 30 day money back guarantee and are dispatched the same day that you make your order (All orders made on weekends or bank holidays will be dispatched the next working day). If you have any questions then please feel free to get in touch with us using this contact form and we will be more than happy to help you.