Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain: How Effective is Compression?

How Compression Works: Compression simply "squeezes" a relatively broad area to prevent collection of edema (swelling), which may temporarily mitigate pressure (pain).

Recently, compression is advertised as a quick, easy heel pain remedy but does a compression sock, sleeve or wrap actually help heel pain? No.

The reason: Compression can't provide the necessary support for the plantar fascia, and without it chronic inflammation results.

  • Plantar fasciitis and bursitis are localized, deep-tissue injuries: Compression is a mode of broad-based, superficial pressure - it doesn't focus or reach deeply enough to affect inflammation causing heel pain
  • A compression sock, sleeve or wrap does NOT actually support the plantar fascia ligament, so swelling will persist

Despite therapeutic practice for decades, by virtue of heavy promotion compression recently became trendy - heel pain is exploited to capitalize on a fad.

Summary: Compression Socks, ["copper-infused"] Sleeves or Wraps and KT Tape do NOT support the plantar fascia ligament for injury recovery. For heel pain relief, specialized compression is applied - involving manual (hand) purging of edema, and compression isn't an "alternative" for injury support.

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NOTICE: "Definitive Recovery" assumes plantar fasciitis and/or bursitis is actually present prior to use of FootMedic; that nothing pathological is involved; that the user applies FootMedic according to full directions and uses only as intended.

Stats from American Podiatric Medical Association.

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