What is plantar fasciitis and what are its symptoms?
Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a thick band of tissue across the bottom of your foot that connects your toes to your heel bone. People who suffer from plantar fasciitis tend to experience a severe stabbing pain in the bottom of their foot when they first wake up and start walking. This pain can also happen after long periods of standing or sitting or after exercising. Read more about plantar fasciitis on our blog.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The cause remains unclear in many cases of plantar fasciitis but it is known that the repeated overstretching and tearing of the fascia can irritate or inflame it, causing pain. Extra stress on your plantar fascia can be caused by obesity, frequently walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time, sports that place a lot of stress on your heel like long distance running and ballet, or an abnormal walking pattern caused by flat feet or a high arch.
ZenToes ankle compression sleeves can help to relieve painful inflammation from plantar fasciitis. They support the arch, heel, ankle joint and the top of the foot to relieve pressure and improve natural circulation and blood flow. Our ankle compression socks are made from a black and green breathable fabric with a unisex design for both men and women. They come in a pair to treat the left and right feet at the same time. We offer sizes small, medium, large and extra large to fit most teenagers and adults.
If your flat feet make walking painful or irritates a case of plantar fasciitis, you should try ZenToes arch support sleeves. They are made from a soft, flexible gel with extra padding right where you need it under your arch. The sleeves provide support and massage to the plantar fascia while you walk, keeping it stretched and relieving stress on the arch and heel. Our arch support sleeves come in two sizes and are a unisex design. They are washable and reusable and come in a pack of 4 so you always have a pair ready to wear.
Pain Relief Strips
If you have plantar fasciitis then you know what it is like to wake up in the morning to stabbing pain in the bottom of your feet as soon as they touch the floor. This pain is caused by the constriction of the plantar fascia while you are sleeping. Foot specialists recommend keeping your fascia stretched during the night to prevent this pain in the morning. ZenToes plantar fasciitis strips are easily applied at bedtime and adhere to your foot from your heel to your toes to replicate the function of the fascia ligament. They come in a pack of 7 and can be trimmed to fit any foot.
What are “flat feet” and why do they cause pain?
The term “flat feet”, or “fallen arches” refers to feet that have no arch or a very low arch. The arch in your foot is normally sturdy and flexible, provides a spring to your step and helps distribute your body weight across your feet and legs. People with flat feet may not experience any symptoms at all, but many do feel pain as a result of strained muscles and ligaments. Pain from a flat foot can lead all the way to the lower back due to abnormal stresses on the body.