Podiatrists say compression socks can ease foot pain — grab Amazon's top-selling pair on sale for $8.50

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Agony of de-feet got you down? Just nine bucks'll buy you sweet, sweet relief. (Photo: Amazon)
Agony of de-feet got you down? Just a few bucks'll buy you sweet, sweet relief. (Photo: Amazon)

If you've ever experienced plantar fasciitis, you know how agonizing it can be. The condition, which impacts a whopping 2 million Americans each year, can cause intense symptoms like pain on the bottom of the foot and achiness that gets worse when you walk.

There is good news, at least: Plantar fasciitis is treatable. One go-to trick podiatrists prefer? Compression socks. "We use these regularly for our patients with plantar fasciitis," Melissa Lockwood, DPM, a podiatrist at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates in Bloomington, Ill., tells Yahoo Life. 

Well, right now, Amazon's top-selling Bitly plantar fasciitis compression socks are just $8.50 when you use an on-page coupon!

Shop it: Bitly Plantar Fasciitis Compression Socks, $8.50 with on-page coupon (was $10), amazon.com

Plantar fasciitis happens when there is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a long, thin ligament that lies directly beneath the skin on the bottom of your foot and connects your heel to the front of your foot, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). That inflammation can be triggered by stress, strain and pressure on the area, the AAOS says. Cue the pain.

Sometimes a little pressure's a good thing — just ask millions of plantar fasciitis sufferers.  (Photo: Amazon)
Sometimes a little pressure's a good thing — just ask millions of plantar fasciitis sufferers. (Photo: Amazon)

Shop it: Bitly Plantar Fasciitis Compression Socks, $8.50 with on-page coupon (was $10), amazon.com

"The goal of a compression sock for plantar fasciitis is to provide better support for the arch of the foot," Richard H. Graves, DPM, of Sol Foot & Ankle Centers in Longwood, Calif, tells Yahoo Life. "Better support means less stress on the plantar fascia and, hopefully, relief of pain, or at least prevention of pain recurrence."

Compressing the plantar fascia "will help with both pain and inflammation of the affected ligament," Lockwood says. Plantar fasciitis compression socks have a lot going for them, Graves says: They provide at least partial pain relief, can be worn with any type of shoe or even barefoot, and can be worn with orthotics. They're also easy to wash and wear.  

The Bitly socks, which come in five different colors, check all the boxes. They use compression to gently squeeze the center of your feet to help ease your pain. These handy socks are moisture-wicking, so you can slip them on under other socks or simply wear them as is without worrying about sweaty toes. They even provide a little extra ankle support. 

Choose from beige (above), white, black, gray and pink...or buy them all! (Photo: Amazon)
Choose from beige (above), white, black, gray and pink...or buy them all! (Photo: Amazon)

Shop it: Bitly Plantar Fasciitis Compression Socks, $9, with on-page coupon (was $10), amazon.com

More than 19,000 fans have left glowing reviews for the Bitly compression socks, swearing by their comfort and ability to ease pain. "My plantar fasciitis was severe and took over a year to fully resolve. I tried braces, sleeves, creams and eventually I saw a podiatrist," a five-star reviewer wrote. "These are the second-best thing that I used to help me with my plantar fasciitis. The best thing was my podiatrist and the steroid shot I received. These sleeves, however, reduced and eventually eliminated my pain while walking. I tried a couple other brands. They turned out to be worthless, but these work great."

A fellow fan had this to say: "I immediately put the sleeve on my foot and the initial sensation was almost an audible laugh because I thought: There's now way this thing can have any effect. Two hours later I was noticing some relief and 10 hours later it was remarkable....This morning I can take a step with almost no pain."

A self-described "ultimate skeptic" said they were "desperate" after plantar fasciitis sidelined their distance running. Now, they said, their plantar fasciitis "is completely under control." They continued: "I run without pain, I wake up and can walk without pain. I am truly amazed that something so simple has solved my struggle with PF. I've been running now for four months, up to 25 miles a week. My life is back in balance now that running is back in my life. Last week I won my age group competing in my first organized running event in years. Thank you!

 Don't suffer through plantar fasciitis pain. If you're struggling, pick up these discounted compression socks. Your feet will thank you.

Shop it: Bitly Plantar Fasciitis Compression Socks, $8.50 with on-page coupon (was $10), amazon.com

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