The Power of FRANKiE4 Footwear on Heel & Arch Pain

Heel pain is the most prevalent complaint presenting to foot and ankle specialists and may be seen in upwards of 11% to 15% of adults. The most common cause cited for heel/arch pain is Plantar Fasciitis (pain under the heel of the foot or arch area.)

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia. Everyone has a Plantar Fascia, one in each foot.

The Plantar Fascia is a piece of strong and thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, helping create the foot's arch.

Too much stress, over stretching and overuse of this ligament can cause pain.  

Plantar Fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, near the heel. The pain is usually worse with the first few steps in the morning, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing, working on your feet all day or even rising from sitting for prolonged periods.

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis include:

  • Age. Plantar fasciitis is most common in adults aged 40+.
  • Occupations that keep you on your feet. People who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces.
  • Foot mechanics. Being flat-footed, having a high arch or even having an abnormal pattern of walking can affect the way weight is distributed when you're standing and walking. As a result, adding stress to the plantar fascia.
  • Certain types of exercise. Activities that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue, such as long-distance running, ballistic jumping activities, ballet dancing and aerobic dance, can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis.
  • Obesity. Extra weight puts extra stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Poor Footwear Choices.

Here’s how we can help!

FRANKiE4 is founded by Podiatrists and a Physiotherapist, and continues to revolutionise the way fashionable footwear supports the foot. With body mechanics in mind, it is the FRANKiE4 mission to create designs that aim to alleviate and prevent heel and arch pain, plantar fasciitis, and forefoot pain.

FRANKiE4 has lots of unique (and patented!) features to help women avoid or alleviate the symptoms of foot pain!

Here are some:

Arch Support

The FRANKiE4 arch contour is designed to help minimise the collapse of the arch, with the aim to reduce the stress and strain of the plantar fascia and arch of the foot in general.

Heel Support

The FRANKiE4 heel cradle is designed to help keep the heel cushioned, elevated, and gently supported, with the aim to off-load strain on the plantar fascia.

Cushioning

One of the reasons we suffer from sore feet is that we simply weren't designed to walk and stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time.

One of our favourite benefits is cushioning – our Podiatrist & Physiotherapist designs have strategically placed cushioning to keep your heel, forefoot and arches covered.

Uniquely Designed Soles

The space between your foot and the ground is our obsession! This includes not only the footbed, but the sole too!

The sole is the foundation of any sole and a crucial part of the design. That is why at FRANKiE4, we don't outsource soles to be used on our styles. Instead we design each one of soles, with foot biomechanics in mind!

Heel pain is the most prevalent complaint presenting to foot and ankle specialists and may be seen in upwards of 11% to 15% of adults. The most common cause cited for heel/arch pain is Plantar Fasciitis (pain under the heel of the foot or arch area.)

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia. Everyone has a Plantar Fascia, one in each foot.

The Plantar Fascia is a piece of strong and thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, helping create the foot's arch.

Too much stress, over stretching and overuse of this ligament can cause pain.  

Plantar Fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, near the heel. The pain is usually worse with the first few steps in the morning, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing, working on your feet all day or even rising from sitting for prolonged periods.

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis include:

  • Age. Plantar fasciitis is most common in adults aged 40+.
  • Occupations that keep you on your feet. People who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces.
  • Foot mechanics. Being flat-footed, having a high arch or even having an abnormal pattern of walking can affect the way weight is distributed when you're standing and walking. As a result, adding stress to the plantar fascia.
  • Certain types of exercise. Activities that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue, such as long-distance running, ballistic jumping activities, ballet dancing and aerobic dance, can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis.
  • Obesity. Extra weight puts extra stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Poor Footwear Choices.

Here’s how we can help!

FRANKiE4 is founded by Podiatrists and a Physiotherapist, and continues to revolutionise the way fashionable footwear supports the foot. With body mechanics in mind, it is the FRANKiE4 mission to create designs that aim to alleviate and prevent heel and arch pain, plantar fasciitis, and forefoot pain.

FRANKiE4 has lots of unique (and patented!) features to help women avoid or alleviate the symptoms of foot pain!

Here are some:

Arch Support

The FRANKiE4 arch contour is designed to help minimise the collapse of the arch, with the aim to reduce the stress and strain of the plantar fascia and arch of the foot in general.

Heel Support

The FRANKiE4 heel cradle is designed to help keep the heel cushioned, elevated, and gently supported, with the aim to off-load strain on the plantar fascia.

Cushioning

One of the reasons we suffer from sore feet is that we simply weren't designed to walk and stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time.

One of our favourite benefits is cushioning – our Podiatrist & Physiotherapist designs have strategically placed cushioning to keep your heel, forefoot and arches covered.

Uniquely  
Designed Soles

The space between your foot and the ground is our obsession! This includes not only the footbed, but the sole too!

The sole is the foundation of any sole and a crucial part of the design. That is why at FRANKiE4, we don't outsource soles to be used on our styles. Instead we design each one of soles, with foot biomechanics in mind!


Designed to Support You

For a healthier option for fashionable footwear: view the full FRANKiE4 range here!
Psst - Below are some of our favourites for Plantar Fasciitis.

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References

Irving, D.B, Cook, J.L, Menz, H.B. Factors associated with chronic plantar heel pain: a systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Vol. 9, Issues 1-2, May 2006, 11-22

Alshami, A.M, Souvlis, T, M.W, Coppieters. A review of plantar heel pain of neural origin: Differential diagnosis and management. Manual Therapy 13, 2008, 103-111

Aldridge, T. Diagnosing Heel Pain in Adults. American Family Physician. Vol. 70, No. 2, July 2004, 332-338

Alvarez-Nemegyei, A, Canoso, J.J. Heel Pain: Diagnosis and treatment, step by step.

Ko, P., Hsiao, T., Kang, J., Wang, T., Shau, Y. and Wang, C. (2009). Relationship Between Plantar Pressure and Soft Tissue Strain under Metatarsal Heads with Different Heel Heights. Foot & Ankle International, 30(11), pp.1111-1116.

P, R., D, S., A, C. and K, J. (2017). The Influence of Walking Speed and Heel Height on Peak Plantar Pressure in the Forefoot of Healthy Adults: A Pilot Study. Clinical Research on Foot & Ankle, 05(02).

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