Are You Experiencing Foot Pain, Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendonitis?
Our feet take us everywhere from walking in the coulees to cooking in the kitchen to working in the shop. When we experience foot pain it inhibits daily life and keeps us from our favourite activities. Here are some common foot problems and how Shoe Solutions can help ease the pain.
This is one of the most common foot issues we deal with at Shoe Solutions! This condition is usually described as pain in the base of the heel that may radiate up the calf and into the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is typically worse first thing in the morning or after periods of rest. It is especially painful during the first couple of steps, but tends to loosen up and feel better after a few laps around the room.
Dealing With Plantar Fasciitis
When the plantar fascia is strained we typically encourage the use of an arch support in addition to appropriate footwear. We have many options when it comes to supporting your foot's arch from custom made, to over the counter supports. We cover everything from correcting the alignment of your foot to accommodating or offloading the injury. Stretching, compression therapy, and a myofascial massage ball can also bring relief and promote healing to the fascia as well.
Foot Fatigue (Sore Feet)
Simply being on your feet all day can cause fatigue of varying degrees depending on many factors. Fatigue is that overall feeling of achy, sore, or tired feet. The good news is, your feet don’t have to be sore!
Dealing With Foot Fatigue
- Step 1 (no-pun-intended) - what footwear are you wearing? There is a massive variety in the quality and composition of footwear. Often, getting into a more structured, supportive shoe can make a world of difference.
- Step 2 - pair this with an arch support and the sky's the limit for comfort and performance expectations.
- Step 3 - During periods of discomfort, pain or acute injury, we also recommend footwear indoors. Supportive slippers, recovery footwear or sandals play a significant role in resolving a wide range of foot health conditions.
- Step 4 - The other methods that we often find lead to positive results for managing your foot and lower extremity health are compression socks, roller balls, and muscle stretching/strengthening exercises as directed by your Pedorthist or foot health professional.
Chronic Ankle Sprains
If you think you have “weak ankles”, find that you sprain your ankles often, or have the feeling that your feet are always “rolling to the outside”. This may be due to instability in the ankle joint, scar tissue, or weakness in the connective tissue in the ankle.
Dealing With Chronic Ankle Sprains
For this we encourage a proper assessment by one of our Pedorthists, or a pre-screening by one of our Fit-Tech’s. We will often consider a range of treatment options from footwear, to insoles, to compression sleeves or bracing. If the ankle injury is acute or you’re still recovering from a sprain, there are options such as air casts, ritchie braces or UCBL custom orthotics to work in cooperation with supportive footwear. A key feature we look for from your footwear is a good heel counter to keep the ankle in an upright position. As well as arch supports, which we could use for realigning the ankle, managing body weight transfer and enhancing the stability of the foot. Often it is a combination of these treatment methods that leads to enhanced stability, reduced strain on the tendons and ligaments supporting the foot and ankle, and an increase in your quality of life; helping you to get back to normal as quickly as possible and reducing the risk of recurrence.
This usually presents itself as pain on the back side of your heel that can radiate through the entire area of your heel and ankle. This condition is often worse first thing in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time. This injury is typically a result of a strain at the heel position of the ankle joint and typically compounded by tightness or imbalance in the calf musculature.
Dealing With Achilles Tendonitis
To relieve acute strain on the achilles we often add a slight wedge in your heel to take strain off the tendon. We would typically also use an insole to help keep the ankle and heel position from moving too much. As well as use knee high compression socks to help bring blood flow to the tendons and aid in recovery. For a proper assessment on best practices in the maintenance and prevention of this condition, we would recommend a full Pedorthic assessment. With this injury, although the symptoms are easily treatable in the short term, it is the long term that is important based on your activity level and expectations of athletic potential.
Your feet are so important, they are literally the foundation, adapter, absorber and stabilizer for your entire body’s structure. We are all athletes; movement is athleticism. Whatever level you are at, it is crucial to your long term health, wellness and potential to take care of your feet. Stop by to begin your NEW journey with any of our certified professional staff or make an appointment with one of our certified Pedorthists online - just click the button below to schedule an appointment. We would love the opportunity to listen, serve and educate you on how to live your best life, one step at a time.