What Are the Best Foot Braces for Heel Spurs or Plantar Fasciitis?
What are the symptoms of heel spur?
If you have this condition you may feel tenderness, inflammation, limited mobility and severe pain in your heel. Heel spurs have often been described as a “toothache in the foot”. Pain usually begins at the bottom of the foot and travels into the arch of the foot.
Pain is usually experienced after periods of inactivity for example early in the morning after sleeping. It can also cause pain when walking after a long period of standing. You may feel symptoms of this condition at the back or under your heel, or beneath the sole of your foot.
What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
You will feel pain which can run underneath your heal. A common spot for pain from this condition is 4 centimeters in front of your heel. This area may feel tender. As with heel spur symptoms, pain may be experienced after long periods of inactivity.
Is there a difference between Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs? While there is a difference between the two conditions, they are related. Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the thick tissue on the bottom or your foot becomes irritated and swollen. Plantar Fasciitis means inflammation of your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is tissue that holds up the bones on the bottom of your foot.
When you have this condition you usually feel pain in the bottom or your heel. This may be due to arch problems. When your plantar fascia pulls away from the heel, calcium deposits can form there. This can cause an abnormal growth in your foot. This abnormal growth is known as a heel spur.
How can the pain be relieved?
The pain can be relieved by using foot braces for heel spurs or a plantar fasciitis brace. These braces can help absorb the shock and vibration associated with walking. This helps to decrease pain by reducing the irritation and inflammation in your foot. These braces can provide arch support, warmth, and compression. Some of these foot braces may have a soft center in the brace. This helps to reduce the pain you feel.
There are many braces to choose from for both conditions to help with the pain you feel. Popular products include: ProCare Silicone Cups ($48.50), ProCare Tuli’s Cups ($21.95), and the Swede-O Thermoskin Heel-Rite ($39.95). The Swede-O Thermoskin offers more protection because it is a level III brace. The Swede-O Thermoskin is ideal for both conditions.
These prices have been referenced from Braceshop.com.
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