Heel inserts for shoes or heel wedges, are invaluable to treat a whole host of conditions. They lift the heel of the foot, take pressure off your feet, correct imperfections in your gait and reduce the weight that’s placed on your tendons.
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of pain in the heel and is particularly prevalent among runners.
It occurs when the band of tissue between the heel bone and your toes develops inflammation and causes a stabbing pain on the base of your foot in front of your heel bone. It comes on gradually and may affect one or both feet.
Heel inserts are also popular with those who suffer from Achilles Tendonitis. A band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone may become damaged due to overuse, causing inflammation and irritation that lead to tenderness and aching at the back of the lower leg.
This condition is most common among men and those with high blood pressure or psoriasis. It often occurs after a period of unusual or prolonged activity and, if not treated, may eventually result in a lack of mobility, severe pain and a weakening of the tendon that may cause a rupture that can only be repaired by surgery.
Others suffer from heel spurs, bony growths that normally occur underneath or in front of the heel. They can cause pain, inflammation and swelling at the front of the heel and have several possible causes that include excess weight, arthritis, poorly fitting shoes and having plantar fasciitis.
Heel spurs do not go away and are only removed by surgery in exceptional circumstances, so taking action to relieve the pain and other symptoms is necessary.
Heel supports (Heel Wedges) will help with a variety of conditions and will also absorb shocks so that future problems are less likely to occur.
They can also be used to rehabilitate your feet after an injury since they alleviate pressure on the heel and give tendons, in particular, time to heal properly. As with most things, of course, solutions are only really effective if you choose the most appropriate product.
You can buy heel inserts from your local pharmacy but these can sometimes be of doubtful quality and may not be suitable for your particular problem.
G8 Heel Wedges are designed to fit comfortably into most types of shoe and are suitable for all activities. They provide cushioning and support for the arch and heel so that pressure is redistributed and pain is relieved.
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