03 Mar 2020 / Foot Pain

Effective Protection From Heel Pain

Effective Protection from Heel Pain

Key Points:
• Long periods of standing in workers has been linked to plantar fasciitis (Heel pain)
• Long periods of running/high impact sport has been linked to plantar fasciitis
• Increased risk in certain roles
• Insoles that support the MLA and cushion the heel can aid prevention

There is so much written about heel pain, both in the podiatric literature, but also online and often in the national press too.
Foot pain is a common problem affecting 20-42% of adults aged over 45 years. It has been reported that 16% of people over 50 years of age suffer from painful osteoarthritis, which alters foot posture and changes the forces and pressures on the foot. Often, we have to consider our patients’ footwear at work as part of our treatment plan, but also that their work might be a causative or contributory factor too.
Foot and ankle pain results in limits to daily activities reduced activity has a profound affect on health and wellbeing of employees leading to a greater rate of absenteeism.

A cross-sectional study of supermarket workers found that checkout departments, where staff were mainly female, were observed standing for long periods and had the highest prevalence of ankle/foot and lower limb complaints. Plantar Fasciitis is one particularly common foot problem, affecting 10% of sedentary individuals. In active, athletic people it is more prevalent affecting 25% of them and is the third most frequent injury in runners.

Long periods of standing in workers has been linked to plantar fasciitis. In the factory environment, plantar fasciitis is relatively common especially in individuals with high forefoot pressure, or those who spend increased time standing on hard flat floors increased walking and repeated time entering and exiting vehicles (truck/forklift).

The use of foot orthoses with arch support and metatarsal cushioning can be used as a preventative or early treatment strategy for plantar fasciitis in the assembly line setting as well as alternating shoes throughout the working week. As well as foot orthoses, rehabilitation exercises and foot taping have been shown to be beneficial in managing plantar fasciitis. Manufactured from D3O material our inserts have been shown to reduce forces through the foot.

All our foot orthoses have medial arch and forefoot support as standard. Our ranges of preformed foot orthoses have been demonstrated to reduce maximum heel and forefoot peak forces and pressure; this specifically includes the Preventa insole.

For plantar fasciitis, gel heel cups or heel lifts are often advised, yet heel lifts alone tend to increase instability in walking and standing. However, combining arch support and a heel lift has been shown to improve comfort and stability compared to using a heel lift alone, a combination of a heel lift, arch support and metatarsal pads are key features in our plantar fasciitis insole. There is strong supporting evidence for the use of foot orthoses including pre-formed orthoses in helping to reduce pain and improving recovery of plantar fasciitis.

For further information contact Premier Clinic:

Tel: 01254 677341

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