This week we are focusing on foot health! One essential part of that is wearing appropriate foot wear, even indoors!
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the name given to the condition where the ligament under your foot experiences microtears and inflammation. This ligament is called the plantar fascia, which is why the condition is so named. This ligament is essential in daily foot movements and can cause extreme pain with regular activities, such as walking.
This condition can be caused by many factors, for example:
- The structure of your biomechanics
- Your chosen shoes
- Your body type
What are the symptoms?
The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is extreme heel pain which worsens when engaged in weight bearing activities. However, you can also experience pain on the underside and the sides of the foot. This pain will ease when rested.
Another sign could be a struggle to raise your toes.
What to look for in a good pair of slippers?
Arch Support – This condition is made worse by a lack of arch support in your shoes (including slippers!). But why? A high or low arch can put excess and unnecessary pressure on your feet, arch support in your slippers can avoid this.
Cushioning – As well as making your slippers comfortable, cushioning acts as a shock absorber and reduces the pressure on your foot while walking.
Wide toe box – Whilst this may not directly affect plantar fasciitis, a wide toe box is imperative for good foot health as it prevents the toes being squashed into unnatural positions which could lead to other problems, such as bunions and hammertoe.
Ankle support – A longer, boot like, slipper with a firm ankle support is recommended as it provides the foot with extra support, similar to the arch support. This can prevent misalignment in your gait.
If you’re struggling with ankle or foot pain, call us to start your journey to a pain-free life.