Shin splints are more common among people who participate in strenuous physical activities, especially stop-start sports such as tennis, netball, soccer, or basketball.
Heel pain is often the result of straining your plantar fasciitis, a common injury affecting runners and walkers. But it’s not just those clocking up lots of kms who are most likely to develop this condition, plantar fasciitis also affects people who stand on their feet for prolonged periods (eg. nurses, shop assistants or baristas).
So common is heel pain, that everyone knows of someone (if not themselves) whose experienced plantar fasciitis. Thankfully with a little know-how, it’s really easy to avoid! (Read our blog post on how to treat plantar fasciitis here).
What actually is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a connective tissue that extends from the ligament in your heel bone, along the sole of your foot. The plantar is designed to support your arch, so overstraining it – whether by strenuous exercise, by lack of rest, or by wearing shoes without support – can cause inflammation, a tear or break it down. This results in heel pain.
How can I tell if I have plantar fasciitis?
- You feel pain under the heel, dull or sharp
- You feel swelling in your mid-heel
- Your foot sole will ache and feel stiff after a long time without movement on your feet
You might notice the pain getting worse, or your foot heel feels more tender, in the morning (right when you take your first step), after standing or sitting down for a long period, or after (not during) intense exercise.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
What makes it feel this way? It’s a common sports injury, with sprinters, joggers, hikers being more prone to chronic heel pain than others.
But it’s not just athletes at risk: there are numerous factors that can increase your likelihood of suffering this kind of heel pain.
Some common causes:
- Your feet are flat, you have high foot arches or weak foot arch muscles
- Your footwear is not supportive enough, especially if you’re an athlete
- You are on your feet all day long
- You are overweight, or carrying more weight than normal (such as pregnancy), resulting in your feet feeling more strain and being inflamed
Do these symptoms sound familiar? If you’re looking to minimise the risk of an old heel pain injury returning, or you’re wanting to recover from a new injury – our Support Insole is designed to support your feet in the best way possible to help your recovery. To learn more on recovering from heel pain, read our blog post How To Treat Plantar Fasciitis.