What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis involves the inflammation of a thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia that runs across the entire bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis symptoms commonly include sharp, stabbing pain, particularly first thing in the morning and following exercise. Regular wear and tear on your foot ligaments or too much pressure on your feet can cause them to become inflamed, which then can cause heel stiffness and pain. Athletes and people who are overweight are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. However, even though the symptoms of plantar fasciitis are clear, the actual cause of it is still disputed. An influential 2003 study, for example, argued that it more centrally involves degeneration of the fascia instead of inflammation of the fascia. Since plantar fasciitis literally means “inflammation of a fascia” in Latin, a more accurate name for it as a degenerative condition would actually be “plantar fasciosis.”
Whatever we want to call it, the reason we’re talking about plantar fasciitis is primarily to ameliorate discomfort, stiffness, and pain. One way to do that is to change the shoes you wear. However, orthopedic shoes in the summer can be uncomfortable and make your feet sweaty. That’s why Glitterflops are proud to offer orthopedic flip flops with custom hand-placed Swarovski® crystal designs. Each of our shoes are specially designed with an Orthofoam molded sole that cradles your feet, giving you a natural fit and optimal arch support. The use of high-quality saddle leather also helps make sure your toes aren’t irritated when you wear them. Glitterflops® provide you a level of comfort and quality unmatched by any competitors’ flip flops. When it comes to flip flops that help with symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you won’t find anything superior to Glitterflops® — we guarantee it. Shop for comfortable, orthopedic flip flops today!
Get Relief from Plantar Fasciitis
There are a number of ways to give yourself relief from pain and discomfort caused by plantar fasciitis. Here are the top five:
The fastest way to relieve foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis is with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These will help reduce pain and inflammation. If your symptoms are on the severe side, your doctor may prescribe you multiple doses a day for several weeks. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may also help relieve some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
#2: Physical Therapy
Scheduling an appointment with a physical therapist will help to evaluate and begin treatment of your plantar fasciitis. After you have been diagnosed, a physical therapist can work with you to create a program that decreases your symptoms. A physical therapy treatment for plantar fasciitis may include things like:
- Gait assessment — An analysis of how you walk and how this may impact your symptoms
- Stretching routine design — The creation of a routine for improving the flexibility of your ankle and the plantar fascia
- Muscle-strengthening — Exercises for improving your foot’s strength
- Icing — Your physical therapist may recommend applying ice regularly to decrease pain
- A night splint — In some cases it is beneficial to wear a night splint to help correct your ankle and toe positions while you are sleeping
- And more!
However, one of the most important things your physical therapist will likely emphasize for treating plantar fasciitis is to choose shoes with proper arch support and are comfortable. That’s why Glitterflops® are designed with moderate arch support and implement Orthofoam® technology to optimally prevent your feet and legs from hurting. What is more, unlike most orthopedic shoes, Glitterflops® are also super stylish and available in designs and colors suitable for every outfit and occasion! See why so many people have fallen in love with Glitterflops® for yourself — shop our collection of flip flops for plantar fasciitis today!
#3: Surgeries & Other Procedures
If more-conservative treatments like over-the-counter medicines and physical therapy aren’t helping to treat your plantar fasciitis, your doctor may recommend some of the following procedures for helping alleviate pain and inflammation:
Injecting steroid medication into sore muscles can provide temporary pain relief from plantar fasciitis. However, it is recommended to not do this too many times, as doing so can weaken your plantar fascia and could cause it to rupture. Tissue healing can be achieved by injecting platelet-rich plasma from the patient’s own body into the region as well.
Ultrasonic Tissue Repair
This is a minimally invasive technology that uses ultrasound imaging to guide a probe into the damaged plantar fascia tissue, with the tip vibrating rapidly and helping to break up the damaged tissue and then suck it out.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
Another procedure is to use pressure waves to stimulate healing. The use of high-energy acoustic waves delivers mechanical force to the body’s tissue and can stimulate healing. Some studies show that this is effective, but it has not been shown to be consistently so.
Surgery is usually only an option for plantar fasciitis when all other treatments have failed and pain continues to be chronic and severe.
#4: Lifestyle Choices
There are some things you can do on your own in terms of self-care that can help reduce pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid high-impact sports
- Stretch your arches
- Choose supportive shoes, such as Glitterflops®
#5: Good Shoes / Orthotics
That last point is something with which we are most capable of helping you. Since the plantar fascia essentially acts as a “tie bar” to help hold up your arches, the best shoes for plantar fasciitis are going to be shoes that reduce stress on the plantar fascia by providing ample arch support.
Therefore, a good place to start on your path of pain relief from plantar fasciitis is with a new pair of shoes or two for each season.
The Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis in the Summer
Glitterflops® sells the most comfortable flip flops for women and men with arch support in the world. What is more, our embellished flip flops look fantastic, and are perfect for easy-on/easy-off in the summer! Our shoes are also beneficial for people suffering from any of these other conditions, on top of plantar fasciitis:
- Swollen Feet
- Flat Feet
- Foot Injury
If you want the best flip flops for plantar fasciitis and many other conditions, shop our collection today!