How to Protect Your Body's Collagen in Two Easy Steps
These days, when we hear the word “collagen”, we may think of the luxuriantly full lips of celebrities, which often are expanded with the help of collagen injections. And too much of a good thing—lips which have been oversized as the result of too much collagen or other fillers—can lead to tattletale tabloid “trout-pout.” You’ve probably seen a lot of these lately!
But collagen is a very good thing when it comes to our feet. The word “collagen” comes from the Greek root word, kolla, meaning glue, and this makes sense since collagen is the main component of our connective tissue. It is a naturally occurring protein which is abundant in our bodies when we are young, found in fibrous tissues including tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin and intervertebral discs.
Collagen is the main ingredient in our Plantar Fascia, the thick supportive structure in the arches of our feet. In our feet, or in the lips of Hollywood stars, collagen keeps things firm and bouncy.
But nothing lasts forever. Collagen content in the body decreases naturally with age. In the case of the feet, collagen degeneration also occurs because of trauma and wear. Walking, running and impact sports, for example, cause repetitive micro-tears in the Plantar Fascia. When the level of collagen in the foot declines, these micro-tears cannot heal themselves, and we experience severe pain. This pain may also occur if there is a rupture in the Plantar Fascia or other foot structures. People with low arches or naturally flat feet, as well as individuals with naturally very high arches, are especially at risk for Plantar Fasciitis.
There are things you can do, however. Here’s how you can protect your collagen in two easy steps:
1. Support your feet with structured, well-cushioned shoes which stabilize your heel
2. Then add additional arch support with orthotic insoles
Wearing shoes with little or no support, especially sandals, flip-flops and flats, can bring on the pain! To reduce pain, and to prevent the conditions which cause pain, protect your feet with a pair of DoctorInsole® orthotic insoles every day. Even if your collagen supplies are abundant, our feet deserve all the support they can get.
Collagen, the body’s natural support-system, keeps lips and feet well-padded and shock-resistant. And when you need that extra shock-resistance for your feet, grab a DoctorInsole®.