Bad Shoes Can Ruin Your Life For A Year
A while back, I took a job at a local yarn store. I worked retail and my job required that I stand for long periods of time each day, approximately 9 hours a day. At the time, I wore some low-quality shoes that I viewed as temporary. The shoes had very thin soles, and the were not really the right size. I fully intended to buy better shoes but I always seemed to not have the time or the extra funds. Within a few weeks of my job, I noticed that I was having some rather serious pain in my heels, but I ignored it, thinking I would get used to standing for such long periods of time. Seven months passed and to my great dismay, the pain in my feet only worsened.
I quit my job, and purchased high-quality shoes and still, the pain did not leave! My heels hurt the most in the morning, and then the pain would lessen throughout the day. I found that I could only walk a limited distance, approximately a mile before it hut too much to go on. Hobbling about and wincing with pain, I limped for several months before I realized that this might not go away on its own. I finally figured out that I had developed a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tissue band (ligament) that runs from the heel bone to the area of the mid-foot. It supports the arch and also help absorb shock.
Plantar fasciitis often occurs due to wearing uncomfortable or overly tight shoes! The pain is felt predominantly in the heel due to the inflammation of the connective tissue. The reason for this is repeated minor micro-breaks of the fascia. These micro-breaks tend to be in places which are attached the fascia to the heel bone. During the night the body mends these breaks, slightly fusing the damaged tissue together, and as a result, the inflamed tissue is shortened. When one gets out of bed for the first time in the morning and takes a few first steps the healed tissue ruptures. This is why the heels particularly bad in the morning.
Situations That Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis
1) Standing on your feet for a large periods of time.
2) Doing exercises on asphalt instead of a soft running track.
3) Wearing shoes with poor cushioning and poor arch support (minimalist shoes, or shoes with a negative heel).
4) Gaining extra weight. This can be an additional burden on the heels.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
1) The main symptom is pain. It can be anywhere below the heel, but the main source will be the place about 2 inches from the front part, which is soft to the touch.
2) The pain will often be stronger when you are making your first steps in the morning, or after long periods of rest.
3) A sudden leg stretch can aggravate the situation - for example, walking up the stairs or on tiptoe. The pain can even cause people to limp. The problem is often with both feet at the same time.
Expected Healing Time for Plantar Fasciitis
Typically, when people wear soft inserts in their shoes and try hard to unburden their feet and heels the pain will leave on its own. However, it should be noted that the healing process is not characterized by its speed. In fact, the healing process can take as long as a year!
What to do to relieve the pain in the heels
1) Give your feet plenty of rest and stay off of them as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary walking or standing, as well as doing any vigorous stretching in the feet. Soft, slow walking and mild exercise is recommended.
2) Do not walk on the hard floor at home barefoot. Choose shoes with comfortable, soft soles and good arch support. Sports shoes are better for healing plantar fasciitis than open-toed sandals. Avoid wearing battered shoes shoes do not provide enough of a cushion for the heels.
3) To alleviate the pressure on the heels, buy soft shoes and use insoles. For maximum benefit, wear soft shoes at all times, even at home. Place inserts in both shoes even if only one of your heels aches.
And that is how bad shoes can ruin your life for a year! I am slowly recovering from Plantar Fasciitis, and am taking much better care of my feet than I was before. I expect to be pain free in the near future. In the meantime, I hope that after reading this article, such a painful adventure will never happen to you, and that you, my friends, will go forth and enjoy your shoe shopping all the more because comfortable shoes are truly a necessity!
Please note, I translated the information about planter fasciitis from an excellent Russian website which you may find here: http://www.skagite-doktor.ru/pochemu_bolit/pyatki-podoshvennii_fasciit.php
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