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WHAT IS
PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

If you have ever wondered, “What is plantar fasciitis?” you are not alone. Plantar fasciitis is a dull to severe pain in your heel caused by a strain and inflammation of your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a scientific name for "foot tissue." This particular tissue is a ligament attached at one side to the heel bone. On the other side, the tissue fans out to attach at the base of each of your five toes. Plantar fasciitis is the name for the condition that develops when that tissue becomes inflamed. When the plantar fascia is excessively stretched, micro-tears can occur, causing this swelling and subsequent pain.

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CAUSES OF
PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar fasciitis can develop when your feet roll in too far as you take each step. This rolling in, known as over-pronation, can happen for many reasons. It can be due to excessive weight gain, pregnancy, quickly increasing physical activity, tight calf muscles, poor biomechanics or merely wearingunsupportive, flat footwear. When your feet over-pronate, your arches can collapse, putting strain on the tissues in the bottom of your foot.



SYMPTOMS OF
PLANTAR FASCIITIS

A sharp pain in the center of your heel will most likely be one of the biggest symptoms of plantar fasciitis. A classic sign of plantar fasciitis is when the pain is worst during the first steps you take in the morning.



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NATURAL ALIGNMENT

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HOW TO FIND PLANTAR
FASCIITIS PAIN RELIEF

Five healthy tips for preventing or reducing plantar fasciitis.

1

BREAK THE CYCLE WITH
SHOES FOR PAIN RELIEF

Wearing orthopedic shoes or doctor-recommended shoes for planter fasciitis is an easy, effective method of naturally realigning the foot. A groundbreaking study shows how Vionic's comfortable walking sandals for plantar fasciitis effectively alleviated heel pain.* Worn consistently throughout the day, heel and arch support is a great first step in treating plantar fasciitis. Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis or not, a good pair of supportive shoes can help to reduce stress and inflammation within the feet.

2

STRETCH REGULARLY

There are many stretching exercises that help to strengthen the connective tissue and tendons in your feet. Keeping your calf muscles limber helps to reduce the strain on the plantar fascia. To stretch your calves and Achilles tendon, stand on the edge of a step, resting your weight on the balls of your feet. Bend your knees for 25 seconds and then straighten. Perform up to five repetitions whenever tightening occurs. Try to do your stretching exercises at least once a day.

3

PRESERVE YOUR ARCH
WITH STRENGTHENING
EXERCISES

One of the best treatments for plantar fasciitis is to exercise your foot on a regular basis. While seated and barefoot, squeeze your foot as if you have a small marble under the ball of your foot. If you just happen to have a few marbles handy, you can actually practice picking them up between your toes and ball of your foot – and then set them down again. This stretches and helps strengthen the muscles that run under metatarsals (the longest bones in the foot which create its arched shape) which may help in treating plantar fasciitis.

4

SLOWLY INCREASE
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

If you're a runner, a tried and true method of preventing over-use injuries is to only increase your mileage by 10% weekly, max. If you’re new to a walking program, the same caution should be exercised.

5

ICE AND REST

After mild stretching, use a frozen water bottle to roll under the arch of your foot for 10-20 minutes. It may be possible to make an active recovery by wearing Vionic shoe technology to keep your feet naturally aligned, therefore reducing strain on the plantar fascia, while moving throughout your day.

HOW VIONIC CAN HELP YOU?

Your foot pain from wearing the wrong shoes should not hold you back from your next adventure. Whether you are looking for comfortable shoes for all day wear, comfortable men’s dress shoes, women’s casual sneakers, or even a pair of beach flip flops, Vionic has the shoes you didn’t know you needed.

*Based on a peer-reviewed clinical study partially funded by Vionic on people experiencing moderate, non-traumatic heel pain.