The Benefits of Compression Socks for People With Planter Fasciitis
Planter fasciitis is a painful condition that requires a treatment plan designed to target the cause of the planter fasciitis as well as its uncomfortable and unwanted symptoms. One of the most common aspects of any treatment plan for this condition is the use of compression socks. Compression socks are designed to provide constant compressed pressure to the foot; compression socks used specifically for planter fasciitis are designed to provide the most support to areas of the feet that will provide stability and painful relief for planter fasciitis sufferers.
Let’s take a closer look at 5 of the benefits of wearing compression socks for your planter fasciitis.
#1: They can be used as part of a broader treatment plan You can wear compression socks even while using other treatment methods like heat/ice compresses, physical therapy, or even pain medication. Compression socks do not cause side effects when worn properly, and they can provide additional relief and comfort during your planter fasciitis treatment.
#2: They are more cost effective than massages. Massages are recommended for planter fasciitis because they can help provide some significant pain relief to the foot. However, massages can be expensive, especially if they are needed over a longer period of time. Compression socks provide similar relief to massages--that is, firm yet gentle pressure--but on a constant basis when the socks are worn. They are much less expensive than a massage and are affordable to just about anyone suffering from this condition.
#3: They keep your feet stable when sitting or laying down It’s important for people with planter fasciitis to keep their feet in a stable position to avoid unwanted pressure on certain areas of their foot. Compression socks keep your feet stable even when you are sitting or laying down, or otherwise aren’t engaging your foot muscles. This type of stability is an important part of planter fasciitis treatment.
#4: They help reduce inflammation which reduces planter fasciitis pain Since planter fasciitis is caused by inflammation, any reduction in inflammation is a reduction in the overall pain experienced by someone suffering from planter fasciitis. Compression socks will help reduced inflammation in your foot, which will therefore reduce the amount of pain you experience from planter fasciitis. And unlike massages, the pain relief experienced through compression socks doesn’t go away as soon as the massage is done.
#5: They reduce swelling and discomfort In addition to helping reduce inflammation and keeping your foot stable, compression socks can seriously decrease the overall amount of swelling in your feet and reduce general discomfort. Many people find that compression socks are about as effective as over the counter pain medications, without the potential side effects. A Final Note While compression socks provide many benefits for someone suffering from planter fasciitis, you need to wear the right kind of compression socks and your physician will be able to give you advice on which socks are right for your treatment plan.