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March 20, 2013
Men's 70
473 posts
After a bout of plantar fasciitis, I switched to Feetures socks
which are generally supportive but have a more supportive band
which circles the middle of the arch. I use them for practice and games and I think they help. I am seeing more total support socks advertised for running. I am curious if others are wearing some kind of support socks for practice, games and/or recovery. If so, what are you wearing and do you think they help?
March 20, 2013
Men's 70
499 posts
HJ, I had the same problem a couple of years ago. My daughter, who is a physical therapist, showed me a simple tape job that has prevented a recurrence. I recently found a device called the Tarsal Support Wrap, which simulates that tape job very well, and is much quicker to put on. I use the wrap for practice and league games, but still tape up for tournaments when I am going to be playing all day.

I bought the wrap off a website called, but I'm sure it's available other places as well. Cost about $30 with shipping
March 20, 2013
Bubble Gum
121 posts

My Podiatrist has me wearing foot pads custom fit for my feet. They have been working for me for about a year now with no problem.
March 20, 2013
Men's 65
74 posts
I have purchased several pairs of dri-fit socks thru Foot Smart. I've been wearing them for 3-4 years now and my feet remain comfortable. I've had no issues like plantar fasciitis.
I prefer the Fox River Triathlon Quarter cuts and/or Wigwams. I initially found them locally but then I had to search for them on line. They run about $9 per pair but seem to last 2 yrs or more.
March 20, 2013
Men's 60
873 posts
I went to my local Berkenstock shoe store and bought a couple of pair of Berkenstock 1/2 insoles. They are ridgid and fit from the heal to about the start of the ball. Keeping the arch well supported and they last much longer then the support socks.
I have them in my cleats and walking shoes.
Since using these I have had no issues with Plantar Fascitis.
My research also suggests stretching the calf muscles well before any running or exerting exercise of the feet and lower legs.
March 20, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1203 posts
for me I had a bad bout of it two years ago.. Doc gave me a shot and got me on a wall stretch that I do everyday.. haven't had a problem since.. I also tape up when I play... the wall stretch of the Calf is the most important thing to do! You can Google the Plantar Wall stretch.. it will give you relief and it's free.. I feel better walking right after do it!
March 20, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1203 posts
yes E4/E6

the Wall Stretch is the only stretch that thoroughly stretches the Calf which interns stretches the Plantar, according to my Doctor who got me back in the Worlds 3 days before the Tourney, I couldn't walk..I thought I was done! I went on to have a pain free Tourney and kept the regiment of stretching everyday with zero issues for two year so far.. The reason you need to stretch the plantar, is it gets rope like when we get older and then it frays...when you stretch it everyday it gets it back to a point you reach when you run or walk so it's not fraying.. that simple..Good luck to all and hope this info helps out.. if you are at a point that you can't walk in the morning go get a shot to calm it down and start wall stretching!
March 20, 2013
Men's 70
473 posts
First, I would like more input about socks which is the topic of this thread. I particularly would like to know if anyone is using support hose like you use on an airplane. And yes that make them in sport styles.

Second, since there were a number of comments about Plantar Fasciitis I feel obligated to comment:
A. Don't take the shot unless absolutely necessary to continue playing in a game or games you deem important. The shot provides pain relief but actually weakens the plantar fascia.
B. Power Step makes cheap orthotics which for many work well. I use their Pinnacle Maxx model for games and in all walking and other sports.
C. SB is the worse sport for PF since there are long pauses when you do nothing and then you are required to run hard suddenly. My doc, a SB player, advises to jog a bit before games or practice and then to intermittently jog a bit during games or practice. This is to keep the fascia warm, and relaxed.
D. Swing is right about the wall stretch. Email me and I will call you if you want details on one that really works.
E. Swing is wrong about what the wall stretch does. The problem with PF is that the calf is too short, pulls up on the heel, and thereby stretches the plantar fascia. The constant stretching causes inflammation and pain. By stretching the calf muscles the heel is not pulled up and the fascia attached to the heel is not pulled and the fascia can then relax. The overstretched fascia can actually cause a bone spur. The spur is the result of PF not the cause.
F. Wearing shoes with inserts most of the day keeps the fascia relaxed and long (not stretched). Magnesium supplements can help relax the fascia as can epson salt baths.
March 22, 2013
Men's 70
473 posts
Thank you Alan; this is precisely the info I was looking for. I have already switched to very tight UA tops, and Bike 7625 commpression shorts.
I will check out the Zensahs on your site and other sites. I consistently find no good reason not to use compression wear. Restated I find no downside and think there is mucho upside. Thanks again.
March 27, 2013
32 posts
Thank you Alan, Team 1 Sports!
I canít Thank you enough for the very helpful information regarding my plantar fasciitis! I am looking forward to being more pain free than not this softball season.

I received my package today and am wearing the compression socks you recommended and they feel great!

A few words for the rest of you/us suffering with plantar fasciitis. I took Alan up on his offer and contacted him to discuss my plantar issue with him. He was more than happy to take time to explain to me what the condition was, how it happens, and give me pointers on relieving the pain.
Talk about customer service?! Alan talked with me for close to an hour (a little softball here and there of course) about my condition and what I could do to repair it. Per his suggestion I ordered some compression socks and a few other items directly from him over the phone! Talk about making things easy for a guy!
Within minutes of hanging up, I received a text message telling me that my items had already been shipped!

Alan was great to talk to and is very knowledgeable on the subject of plantar fasciitis and I am sure in other sports injury/recovery areas as well based on his work experience.
I absolutely recommend contacting him and checking out his website. He has a great line of products designed specifically for athletes in many sports.
I know where I will be shopping from now on for these types of products.

Alan, thanks again for your time and invaluable information about my condition. I look forward to seeing you on the field again, that is as long as you donít walk me 7 times on Sunday!
Take care and I hope you have a great season, best of luck to you and your team!

Semper Fi,
Kirby Murphy
Sept. 12, 2013
34 posts
Just for sheer comfort and excellent padding, I like the Thor-Lo socks. They are not therapeutic or compression socks, but are very durable and offer geat comfort. I heard once that an athlete competing in a triathalon could not find his shoes after the swim portion, so he completed the running event in Thor-Lo socks. I beleive this is possible because these socks are incredibly strong. The padded bottom and heel stays thick and comfortable for years.
Sept. 13, 2013
Men's 55
451 posts
Watched A professional athletic trainer on youtube do a great tape job using the Stretchy KT tape....tried it and it works great...go to youtube type in plantar fasciitis KT tape...but ya gotta do the stretching icing and fascii massage.
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