Plantar fasciitis can result when feet suffer significant stress causing moderate to severe pain in the heel. It can affect people who stand throughout most of the day, those who carry extra weight, and also runners. Also, people with very high or low arches are more susceptible to the condition. Pain is often the most severe after getting up in the morning or after standing up following a long period of being seated.
This condition causes the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the bottom of the toes to suffer microtears, tissue degeneration and become inflamed, which means daily activities like walking and jogging a painful and sometimes impossible feat.
Is There an Orthotic for Plantar Fasciitis?
Rest and stretching the foot can help to relieve pain, but most of the time that’s not enough to heal the affected area fully. That’s where orthotics inserts for plantar fasciitis come in. Orthotic insoles for plantar fasciitis can improve the foot’s biomechanics to relieve stress on the plantar fascia, which reduces pain, facilitates healing and allows sufferers to move more easily and get their lives back. However, not all inserts are made equal.
Can the Wrong Orthotics Cause Plantar Fasciitis?
Over-the-counter orthotic inserts are not as effective in treating plantar fasciitis because they are not custom-made to fit the patient’s foot properly and effectively. To treat the condition, you must get to the root of the problem – which store-bought insoles can often mask but not cure. Non-prescription orthotics that aren’t properly fitted or made to measure can even exacerbate the condition by improperly distributing weight, which causes further pressure, irritation, and strain on an already delicate area. Also, over-the-counter inserts are often inferior in quality and don’t last as long as prescription insoles.
What Insoles Do Podiatrists Recommend for Fasciitis?
Made-to-measure orthotics prescribed by podiatrists are a sure way to treat plantar fasciitis. They take into account the foot’s exact measurements and irregularities and redistribute pressure thus reducing pain and stress on the heel whilst optimising healing. Our experts at our Walk Without Pain clinics in Brisbane can create unique, tailor-made-to-measure orthotics that consider the foot’s every minor detail to help the patient cope with the condition, whilst gradually treating it at the same time. A custom orthotic insole can also prevent the formation of bunions, heel spurs and further bouts of plantar fasciitis.
Podiatrist-designed insoles may cost a little bit more than those bought over the counter, however, they are worth every penny because they don’t just mask the condition or make it worse – they actually treat it and prevent further damage. If you want to gain back the freedom of movement without pain, our experienced and passionate podiatrists in Brisbane can help you do just that – simply get in touch. The joy of pain-free movement is only a few clicks away.