Did you know that slip-on shoes are too tight? If they weren’t they’d be called slip-offs! Your feet are dynamic, a shoe is static. A slip-on shoe utilizes the spreading of your foot to force the heel into the Heel Seat of the shoe. “Penny Loafers” have that band where the “Penny” goes for reasons other than showing off that prized 1937 “D”. That Band is there to strengthen that area of the shoe. If you have chronic “Plantar Fasciitis” your tight slip – on shoes might be the problem.
The Fascia is arguably a cross between a ligament and a muscle that is located on the plantar aspect, “bottom” of your foot. It is concentrated on the posterior aspect, or “front of the Heel Bone” and fans out to the metatarsal heads, the “Ball” of the foot. This is a “Tensile” muscle.
The Fascia is designed to get bigger and smaller, unlike flexors and extenders. A pair of shoes that is too tight will not allow the Fascia to get bigger and smaller, nor will it allow the toes to extend and flex as they were designed. This leads to inflammation of the ligament, the result being what we call Fasciitis. “Bone Spurs” in the heel are one of the most painful symptoms of this condition.
The body, trying to relieve the fascia, begins to grow a bony material to attach to a different part of the ligament in hopes of relieving the inflammation. Of course the bone spur becomes is painful and not to remedy at all. Fasciitis can also manifest as foot pain on many other areas of the foot. Front of the heel bone, sides of the heel, ball of the foot etc. If it is chronic, aside from trauma, its likely something you are doing everyday that is causing it.
You can figure out what it is by troubleshooting.
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