How Plantar Fasciitis Compression Socks Work
Many people suffering from Plantar Fasciitis require additional support around the foot to aid in pain relief. This is where Plantar Fasciitis compression socks come in handy. These socks can prove to be extremely valuable, especially since you probably don’t have the time to massage and strap up your foot every few days. This in combination with a management plan designed by your practitioner is a great way to solve your Plantar Fasciitis.
Once you have ensured that the foot pain you’re experiencing is, in fact, plantar fasciitis, it’s important to find an effective solution to help you ease the pain.
The better option for relieving plantar fasciitis pain is to start wearing socks that are specially designed to ease plantar fasciitis symptoms. These socks are typically referred to as targeted compression socks, and they have been extremely effective at solving an extent of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis. Compression socks work by compressing the arches of the feet, which, in turn, can decrease inflammation and help support your arches.
Additional benefits of wearing compression socks for foot pain include:
- Reduce swelling
- Decreased muscle soreness
- Improved circulation
- Decreased calf cramping
- Increased support for arches without wearing shoes
- Medical grade compression zones; providing support to the plantar fascia attachment, foot arch and achilles tendon
- Soft, moisture wicking, breathable fabric to enhance comfort
- Silver microbial fibres in toe and heel for anti-bacterial and anti-odour benefits
- Extra cushioning at ball of foot for additional comfort
May also be suitable treatment for:
- Various foot and heel complaints
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel Spurs
- Arch Pain
It is important to note unless instructed by your health care professional, wear compression socks to bed. If worn while laying down for long periods of time, compression socks may inhibit blood flow.
How to choose which Plantar Fasciitis sock is best for you:
How much compression do you need?
When deciding on the best sock or sleeve for you, the first thing to consider is the amount of pressure you want against your heel. These socks come in one of four compression levels.
Pressure measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg)
8–15 mmHg: mild compression
15–20 mmHg: moderate compression
20–30 mmHg: firm compression
30–40 mmHg: extra-firm compression
What size do you need?
In order to get the most benefit from compression socks and sleeves for your plantar fasciitis or other related foot pain, you must also pay attention to sizing. Socks that are too tight may do more harm than good. Socks that are too loose won’t provide any benefit.
Will the socks wear comfortably in your shoes?
Other things to consider are the sturdiness of the stitching, thickness of the sock, and sweat-wicking ability. Most of these characteristics would have been considered when designing compression socks, however, it is always best to check for yourself and know what to look for.
What are the care instructions for the socks?
It is best to hand wash these socks as it will allow for them to last long. If you know that you’ll throw yours into a washing machine, avoid getting this type because they won’t last long if cared for improperly.
Orthosleeve Plantar Fasciitis Socks
The FS4 Orthotic Sock aids in reducing swelling, improves circulation and relieves foot pain. All this plus reduces soreness resulting from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, swollen feet, and more. Incorporating the award-winning and patented FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve technology, the FS4 Orthotic Socks aid in preventing Plantar Fasciitis symptom onset and act as an overall foot health aid. The socks are made with seamless, soft moisture-wicking fabric with anti-odour treatment and padding in the right places to create a foot health sock with orthotic benefits. The FS4 is the first patented Plantar Fasciitis sock on the market.
- Medical Grade Support
- Antimicrobial (no stink)
- Y-Gore Heel for anatomical shape
- Patented Compression Zone Technology
- Seamless Construction
US shoe size.
Other types of compression socks:
There are different types of compression socks depending on the purpose. If compression is recommended by your health care practitioner for your calves or knees, there are compression socks that come higher up to the knee. This can be given for acute injury management or to increase blood flow.
Another type of compression sock that is also recommended is the Thermoskin Walk-On Plantar FXT Sock. The Thermoskin Walk-On Plantar FXT Socks provide superior support technology to help relieve pain and assist with the everyday management of foot conditions. These ankle compression socks are designed with targeted compression zones to combat the ache of plantar fasciitis, arch and heel pain. The extra cushioning at the ball of the foot adds additional comfort between steps. The Thermoskin Walk-On Ankle Socks combine medical-grade compression, support and enhanced comfort to painful areas in your feet and ankles.
Need an assessment?
When in doubt, ask your Bayside podiatrist. We are always here to help treat and manage any of your foot concerns!