Plantar fasciitis is an injury to the ligament or band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. This ligament stretches the length of the foot and generally is hurt at the connection just in front of the heel. The injury is common to athletes and runners, but any of us without enough support for our arches on the bottom of our foot can damage this ligament.
If you experience severe pain in your heel when first standing, you most likely have plantar fasciitis and will need the best plantar fasciitis socks available. As with any injury, you should confirm this condition with your doctor. If you have plantar fasciitis, it often takes a long time to heal because every time you stand or walk, you use that ligament. Treatment is support until the ligament regains strength. Bad injuries can require surgery so you want to protect this part of your foot if it is injured.
One good treatment for this injury is to wear compression socks. It might seem silly to apply more pressure to your foot when it already hurts, but the compression socks are designed to apply pressure just before the heel and ease your pain. We recommend our clients use the following brands of compression socks. Some of our patients find more relief with one brand over another, so we use different brands for our clients.
This company makes lightweight socks that wick moisture away from the foot. Bands of grey panels compress the bottom of the foot increasing the blood to the ligament. This increases support, reduces swelling and helps healing. Each foot has its own specially shaped sock.
These socks generate varying compression during walking due to their layered design. These socks are slightly less compressing than Za Tech, but are more comfortable for some people. They also come in four color choices. The right and left socks are marked with R and L.
These compression devices are more of a foot sleeve than a full sock. The sleeve sock ends before the toes. This sock increase support directly to the heel and can be more comfortable to wear then some of the full compression socks. Multiple colors are available.
These compression sleeves are less stiff than the other brands listed. They produce less compression but many people have issues adjusting to stronger compression levels. Some of our clients find these sleeves are perfect for the release they are seeking. These socks also come in extra-large sizes.
Copper Joint Compression Sleeve
Copper Joint has copper imbedded in the sleeve to prevent bacterial infection and to reduce inflammation. These sleeves provide compression from the toes to the heel of the foot. Some clients find these sleeves are comfortable enough to wear with regular socks.