Orthotics for plantar fasciitis

Orthotics for plantar fasciitis

Orthotics for plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the common causes of heel pain. It is usually brought on by standing for long periods of time, walking or running long distances, footwear that is not supportive, weight gain, foot posture, amongst other factors. There are several treatment options for plantar fasciitis, seeking medical advice from a podiatrist is always recommended.

Orthotics are usually recommended to patients that either have very low arches or very high arches. They are used to reduce the loading on the plantar fascia ligament, while the patient is weight bearing (on their feet). Orthotics are used to correct the foot posture and support the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles in the foot and legs, in order to reduce the strain on the plantar fascia. Reducing the strain on the ligament, will reduce any inflammation that brings on the heel pain.

There are different varieties of orthotics that offer different levels of support. Your local podiatrist will be able to recommend the best orthotic device for you, based on your activity levels, as well as your foot posture.

Off-the-shelf orthotics are beneficial for the reason that, the patient can be measured into them, they can be adjusted according to what they need and the patient can start wearing them on that day. However, they generally only last a few months and the material they are made out of will wear down over time.

Custom orthotics are advantageous as they are made for the individuals feet. This can accommodate the foot more accurately and can help adapt areas of individuals with feet that have bony prominences. The orthotic shell will last for a couple of years, as long as the individuals foot does not change. With custom orthotics, apertures can be added to the orthotics in order to accommodate the plantar fascia more efficiently.

Depending on your history of foot pain, lifestyle, or footwear choice (whether individuals wear specific shoes for work), your local podiatrist can prescribe the appropriate orthotic for you.