What is plantar fasciitis?
The sole is referred to as the plantar area. Plantar fasciitis is a chronic local inflammation of the ligament stretching underneath the sole, also referred to as the plantar fascia, that attaches at the heel.
Causes of plantar fasciitis?
Repetitive strain injury most commonly causes plantar fasciitis to the ligament of the sole. Such strain injury can be from excessive running or walking and wearing improper footwear.
The main symptoms of plantar fasciitis include foot pain, heel pain, stiffness, and tenderness.
There are various treatments for plantar fasciitis, but the cheapest and most effective remedy is to ensure the correct footwear is always worn. Nurses are at risk of developing plantar fasciitis because they spend a lot of time wearing shoes. If the wrong shoes are worn for such a long period, in such stressful conditions, plantar fasciitis might develop.
Selecting the Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes for Nurses
Let us take a look at attributes you should look out for when buying nursing shoes for plantar fasciitis
- Look out for nursing shoes with good arch support. The midfoot has to be raised to prevent further strain on the ligament which will lead to more pain and discomfort. There are lots of nursing shoes with good arch support; this cannot be known just by looking at the exterior. Go through the specifications of the shoe and if possible, try them on.
- For plantar fasciitis, nursing shoes with rigid midsoles are the best. Too much twist and bend as a result of flexibility are not ideal for plantar fasciitis as this leads to overpronation. Stiff shoes feel more comfortable on people with overpronation problems.
- Nurses are on their feet for most hours during their shift. The shock from hitting the foot when running, walking and standing can have an adverse effect on the foot. Go for nursing shoes with good heel support and adequate padding to reduce the impact of such shocks and provide cushioning to the foot for optimal comfort.
- When buying a nursing shoe for plantar fasciitis, go for shoes that have the motion control feature. These shoes will reduce the inward rolling of the foot (overpronation) and align the foot properly to a natural position. This will minimize the pain on the foot and other parts like the knees, hips and lower back. Check the specification of the shoes to make sure it has the motion control feature because it’s hard to tell just looking at the exterior.
- Orthotic inserts are an effective way to treat plantar fasciitis. When shopping for nursing shoes, make sure the original inserts are removable as these may not perform as expected.
Plantar fasciitis has been treated times without number just by wearing the right footwear for various occasions. Nurses are one with their shoes as they spend so many hours in them. However, wearing the wrong footwear for long periods can have devastating consequences. This guide will help you in selecting the best nursing footwear for plantar fasciitis.