Combat Plantar Fasciitis Ahead of Summer 

Plantar Fasciitis Prevention: Transitioning to Summer Shoes

When the sun comes out, so do the flip flops, sandals and bare feet. But this can spell real trouble for our foot health, particularly when it comes to a condition like plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. And believe it or not, the shift from structured, supportive footwear to more open, less supportive options can be a significant contributing factor.

The plantar fascia plays a crucial role in supporting the arch and absorbing shock during activities like walking, running, or standing. When this band of tissue is stressed or overused, it can lead to inflammation and pain.

When we swap our trusty sneakers for sandals or flip flops, or opt to go barefoot, we’re altering the biomechanics of our feet. Our feet, accustomed to the stability and cushioning provided by structured shoes, suddenly have to contend with different levels of support, or lack thereof. This change in footwear can lead to increased strain on the plantar fascia, especially if there’s inadequate arch support.

To mitigate the risk of plantar fasciitis as we transition to summer footwear, it’s essential to take proactive measures. Watch our latest video to find out more. We discuss the biomechanics of your foot so you can get a better idea of how the plantar fascia supports your feet, and we have great top tips on how to get your foot ready ahead of summer.