Effective Plantar Fasciitis Care

At Jensen Shoes we developed unique custom shoe inserts that are effective for plantar fasciitis treatment and work in almost every case. As a pedorthist I find plantar fasciitis a very common problem, which is caused by the lack of unloading from your metatarsals (joints your toes are connected to) to your heel. It is very easy to diagnose because the pain (can be either in the arch or heel area) usually happens when you have been off your feet for a period of time (could be in mornings or after sitting a while). It is very important that the custom orthotics actually match the comfort shoes and it is imperative that you comply, by using the combination for most of your activities. The people that have the most problems with Plantar Fasciitis are individuals that have high arches and work on their feet; however, from time to time we find others that the arch is not as high. One very important thought I find, is you must believe in the integrity of those serving you. Without your understanding and belief nothing good happens.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is when the plantar fascia ligament is strained causing pain at the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band running from your heel to the ball of your foot. This band pulls on the heel bone, raising the arch of your foot as it pushes off the round. If your foot moves incorrectly, the plantar fascia may become strained. The fascia may swell and its tiny fibers may begin to fray, causing plantar fasciits.

Symptoms Plantar Fasciitis Diagram

  • The bottom of your foot may hurt when you stand.
  • Pain usually occurs on the inside of the foot, near the spot where the heal and arch meet.
  • Pain may lessen after a few steps, but it comes back after rest or with prolonged movement.

Jensen Comfort Shoes specializes in providing comfortable and supportive shoe inserts.

 

created on-site to comfort your feat.
We recognize the importance of
matching the orthotic to the type
of footwear, enabling us to couple the
orthotic with the correct shoe
and provide an ideal
environment for the foot.

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Our orthotics provide maximum medial and
lateral control with individualized arch
support. We have many applications to
provide relief of foot pain, including heel
and metatarsal discomfort. We are able
to fill prescriptions.

The Number 1 Problem with Feet

Controlling Pronation
(what many call flat feet)

Even though many people feel they have “flat feet”, they actually have pronating feet. I believe 85% of people have this problem. Your arch is actually the shock absorber for your body, so some of the pronation, as long as it’s slight, is actually a positive factor. One of the major problems with pronation is when the aging factor or the working environment cause the feet to roll considerably medially and laterally at the same time. This creates major problems in your body’s biomechanics. Take a look at your existing footwear and you will actually see what is happening and you will start to understand how it is affecting you. When you pick up one of your shoes, that have been considerably worn, look at the total shape and compare it with a completely new shoe. I have also seen many children with extreme issues of pronation and they will improve, provided they use the correct support and follow through.

Jensen Shoes Answer for Pronation

To improve the pronation problem we have unique orthotics that are soft but strong. At Jensen Shoes, we believe alignment plus softness is very important (so the arch can work). Also, control on both the medial and lateral aspect of the foot is critical. The very important factors are that the shoes must be adequate to accept the orthotics and have the structural qualities so the orthotics and the shoes can work as a team. Remember, there are so many different problems and degree of problems caused by pronation, that I cannot describe them all in this short article. The younger we start working with the challenging feet, the better results we get.

Jensen Shoes offers a free foot evaluation.

We will demonstrate how the correct support and

footwear will improve quality of life.

“Experience the Difference”

certified-pedorthist-jack-jensenWhen your car develops a problem, a light may indicate the malfunction. Unfortunately, the human body’s warning signal — pain — may come long after damage is done.

“That is the way it is with your feet,” says Jack Jensen, owner of Jensen Shoes in Nashville, TN.

“The average person does not do something until it is really bad. If only I could get people to be proactive and learn to take care of their feet,” laments Jensen, a board-certified pedorthist who has been in the shoe business for nearly five decades. He launched Jensen Shoes in 1965.
“We dramatically change people’s lives.”

The highly qualified professionals at Jensen Shoes are trained to handle challenging foot disorders, from plantar fasciitis to heel spurs to bunions to hammertoes. Accident victims and sufferers of arthritic feet have found relief in Jensen shoes and orthotics, and diabetics turn to Jensen’s even with maladies as serious as open ulcers.

As a pedorthist, Mr. Jensen is an expert at fitting shoes and orthotics, which are custom-molded shoe inserts designed to prevent or correct a problem.

In the case of Jensen’s orthotics, they are designed to hold the foot in what Jensen calls “the neutral position,” neither pronated nor supinated. “The magic thing about our orthotics is that they have enough medial and lateral control to hold the foot in the neutral position.”

That is what most orthotics do not do. If the foot is not neutral, nothing good ever happens,” he says. A pronated foot rolls inward when walking or running and does not properly pass the weight over the foot, creating a bio mechanical problem that stresses the foot and lower leg. The knee and hip are affected as well because of the inward rotation of the leg. A supinated foot has a curved, highly arched profile. Both can be a problem.

“Medicine treats the symptoms rather than the cause. And the cause is that the feet don’t have the kind of support and control that they should have,” he says. “Most orthotics are made, and then the patient is told to go find a shoe. Well, that’s an impossibility. The only thing that makes sense is to start with the correct shoe first, make the orthotic to go with it, and then you have a workable combination.”

In fact, Jensen says ill-fitted orthotics can actually damage the foot. For example, a hard orthotic can weaken the foot, because the orthotic is so rigid the the muscles do not work. “After time, the muscles atrophy because they are not needed,” Jensen explains.