Plantar Fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and frequently causes a stabbing pain that occurs in the morning or after long periods of rest. Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in long distance runners, people who are overweight, women who are pregnant and those who wear work boots or shoes with inadequate support.
Choosing the Best Work Boots
Finding a quality work boot to give you the support you need for plantar fasciitis can be difficult. In many cases the use of an advanced shoe insole or orthotic can help relieve some of the pain. It is important that the work boot you choose have both good cushioning and level arch support. This means that logger boots and linesman styles of work boots should not be worn by anyone suffering from plantar fasciitis. The angled slope of your foot in these boots only adds to inflammation, pain and discomfort.
When shopping around for boots, it is important to choose a work boot with the best cushioning system possible. Many footwear manufacturers are now producing high-quality work boots with superior insoles, support and cushioning. These companies spend millions of dollars to ensure that their technology is the best, and consumers benefit from this competitive nature.
One of the best technologies in work boots on the market today is Wolverine’s relatively new Multishox line. A step up from their Durashocks cousins, Multishox boots feature an individual comfort system with compression pads in both the heel and forefoot allowing for maximum comfort.
Another collection of the best boots for plantar fasciitis pain are most Timberland PRO styles. Launched in 1999, the PRO line of boots and shoes by Timberland features occupational footwear to meet the specific on-the-job needs of many workers in the manufacturing, construction and trade industries. Their patented Anti-Fatigue technology absorbs shock to help increase energy, delivering a great choice for those on their feet all day long.
Seeking Proper Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Although choosing the best work boots and insole can help significantly, it is important that plantar fasciitis is treated by a podiatrist or foot doctor who can provide you with a proper treatment plan. Some cases of the condition may require ongoing physical therapy or even surgery to alleviate pain and inflammation.
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