Plantar fasciitis causes serious pain in your heel. You may notice it when you first get out of bed in the morning or after sitting for some time. You’ll feel a stabbing sensation in the bottom of your foot, near the heel. Pain is also worse after exercise, but not during it.
Plantar fasciitis results when you develop inflammation across the bottom of your foot in the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. Obesity, aging, repetitive exercise, and occupations that require lots of standing put you at risk for the condition.
Plantar fasciitis can be chronic and debilitating, but custom orthotics can help. They support your arch and cushion your deteriorating heel pad. The experienced podiatric team at Go Feet offer orthotics to help you relieve plantar fasciitis pain.
Here’s why orthotics are a good investment for the New Year.
How orthotics work to correct plantar fasciitis
Orthotics can correct the root cause of your plantar fasciitis, rather than work like medications, which just cover up symptoms.
Plantar fasciitis is often the result of underlying structural abnormalities, like extremely high arches or overpronation. Orthotics help correct these abnormalities. For example, if your arches have collapsed and your feet turn inward excessively, orthotics eliminate this pronation and the resulting stress on the plantar fascia.
They also relieve pressure on your heel because they have a cupping effect, which makes the soft tissue of your foot more capable of cushioning the heel bone. As a result, your feet better redistribute the pressure your feet experience each and every day.
Why custom orthotics are superior
Orthotic shoe inserts are available over-the-counter at many drug and sporting good stores. But these options aren’t designed for your foot and are unlikely to address the problems contributing to your plantar fasciitis.
Custom orthotics are designed for your feet. They lift low arches, relieve your heel pain, and compensate for toe joint irregularities. Because they are made for you, custom orthotics provide support right where you need it. They fit the contours of your feet precisely and effectively.
Other benefits of orthotics
In addition to helping resolve plantar fasciitis, custom orthotics can help relieve back, ankle, and knee pain associated with your gait. When your feet aren’t properly supported, other joints in your body fall out of alignment and compensate. This compensation can lead to pain and dysfunction.
Custom orthotics also help athletes – from the weekend warrior to the serious sportsman – improve their play. Orthotics can correct for abnormalities that can affect your play. If you have pain in your feet, it can affect your speed in a race or your stance in a golf game. Custom orthotics help you overcome pain and avoid compensatory injuries that may result from an abnormal gait or stance.
We here at Go Feet are ready to help you understand more about how custom orthotics can be a game-changer when it comes to plantar fasciitis pain and so much more. Call one of the convenient locations in the Mays Landing, and Linwood, New Jersey areas, or use the online tool to schedule.