HOW HEEL PAIN DEVELOPS

If your foot pronates too much, the ankle rolls too far downward and inward with each step. This can cause the arch to collapse and muscles and supporting structures to over‑stretch and lengthen. The ligaments running from the heel to the toes become strained, often leading to inflammation along the bottom of the foot. This inflammation and heel pain is known as plantar fasciitis. In response, the bone may also develop a bony growth (heel spur), right in the center of the heel. This too causes heel pain and can prevent an individual from walking with ease.

CAUSES OF FOOT HEEL PAIN

Injury, disease and excess weight are among the possible culprits, but it’s probable that your heel pain has developed from poor biomechanics.

You’re not alone, however. A majority of the American population experiences misalignment due to over-pronation. Over‑pronation can become even more excessive when you wear unsupportive shoes and walk on hard, unnatural surfaces.

Support Your Natural Alignment

VIONIC SHOES SUPPORT NATURAL ALIGNMENT

A trial period of 12 weeks (targeting 150 heel-pain sufferers age 50+) showed that patients wearing Vionic contoured sandals were 68% more likely to report improvement in symptoms compared to those wearing flat flip flops. Results also showed that the contoured sandal provided similar relief to best-selling Vionic orthotic insoles in alleviating heel pain. Read the Full Study here >

TREATMENT FOR
HEEL PAIN

There are several ways in which you can treat
foot and heel pain at home or without resorting
to surgery. Discuss these with your physician first
to determine the best course of action for you.

stretching

Make sure the calf muscles are stretched daily to relieve strain on the plantar fascia.

Learn effective stretching techniques here >

icing

A popular method for relieving heel pain is icing the area under foot. You can roll your foot over a frozen water bottle or apply a cold pack to the bottom of your heel. If you choose a cold pack or ice pack, be sure to put a towel between the pack and your heel to protect the skin from burning.

cross-training

Switch up your fitness routine to include swimming, riding a bicycle or even specially-targeted yoga and pilates.

Learn effective training techniques here >

rest

Stay off your feet if you are not wearing supportive footwear.

supportive footwear

Whether you are shopping for women’s shoes or men’s shoes, it may also be possible to make a more active recovery with the assistance of orthopedic shoes or insoles (orthotics). These shoes help mitigate the symptoms of heel pain. A groundbreaking study shows Vionic sandals effectively alleviate heel pain.*

medication

Anti‑inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are helpful in reducing pain and inflammation. Prior to taking any medication, consult your physician.

other treatment

For more serious cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend physical therapy, injection therapy, night splints and orthotic devices. In the most extreme cases, surgery may be an option.

HOW VIO-MOTION SUPPORT CAN HELP REDUCE
HEEL PAIN (PLANTAR FASCIITIS)

By wearing orthotic shoe inserts or supportive shoes, you can align your feet and reduce over‑pronation. Extra arch support and realignment of the lower leg to its natural angle reduces the pulling and strain on the plantar fascia. This can take away a common cause of heel pain and reduce the aggravation of heel spurs. Vionic technology is shown to help reduce over‑pronation and associated conditions due to misalignment. If you are looking for shoes for plantar fasciitis, find a pair of shoes from Vionic that provide heel support, comfort and style. You can enjoy instant relief through this breakthrough technology built into a selection of stylish casual and dress shoes, walking‑specific shoes and sandals, supportive slippers and more.

*Based on a peer-reviewed clinical study partially funded by Vionic on people experiencing moderate, non-traumatic heel pain.