Life in Florida has some pretty incredible benefits, including gorgeous sunny skies for most of the year, incredible beaches, and temperate winters. Florida Summers, on the other hand, are some of the most humid you’ll experience, and most Florida homes forego flooring finishes like carpeting that might mold, and instead opt for hardy, non-porous surfaces like terrazzo, or ceramic and porcelain tile. Unfortunately, these hard floors can wreak havoc on bare feet. How might your flooring contribute to foot pain?
Plantar Fasciitis for Beginners
Typically, the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue between the toes and heel on the sole of the foot, acts like a supportive “bowstring,” upholding the natural arch in your foot. If there’s too much tension or pressure, small tears can develop near the heel, and this can lead to irritation and inflammation called plantar fasciitis. It’s the most common cause of heel pain, and is worst after waking up, after standing for long periods, and after exercise. How would hard floors contribute to the condition?
Nowhere in nature do we experience long stretches of concrete sidewalk, hardwood or tile floors, and though we’ve been wearing shoes for millennia, these modern surfaces are challenging the biomechanical features of our feet, resulting in pain and inflammation. Simply standing on these unforgiving surfaces for any length of time applies great pressure on the plantar fascia, as does repetitive impact of the heel on a hard surface in an activity like walking or running.
Each of these actions put pressure and stress on the tissue that connects heel to toes to maintain the arch and positions of the bones in the feet. Small, micro-tears develop which can become worse over time or even lead to a complete rupture, in some cases requiring surgical intervention.
Suggestions to Ease the Condition
One of the most common suggestions for treating plantar fasciitis is to avoid going barefoot as much as possible, and instead to wear orthopedically supportive shoes that include arch and heel support. Also, if you do have hard floors, it may be wise to invest in thick, padded floor mats, especially in places where you might naturally do a lot of standing, like in front of kitchen counters, the sink, or appliances, in front of a bath vanity, the tool or planting benches, etc. These will offer some cushioning for the soles of the feet and also the other joints in the legs.
Have You Developed Pain Conditions?
At Synergy Health in Naples, our professional staff is dedicated to helping our patients truly get well. We offer a variety of treatments backed by the diverse expertise of our team members, and that allows us to create a unique, individualized care plan for each patient. If you have been experiencing the pain of plantar fasciitis, call today to schedule a visit to learn more about how we can help you regain your active lifestyle!