Orthotics are used for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is caused when the ligament (Plantar Fascia) is irritated and inflamed. The inflammation and irritation can cause heel pain. Wearing orthotics or supportive insoles is a great way to help reduce the pain and help the healing process. They are most effective because they contract as you walk or run, providing the appropriate amount of support for the heel of the foot as your weight moves and shifts without interfering with the fit of your shoe.
Don’t know what orthotics are? These are basically inserts for your shoe. Here are a few Orthotic related recommendations for those with plantar fasciitis:
1. Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints — you wear these at night to prevent damage to the plantar as you sleep. Helps prevent that spiking heel pain first thing in the morning
2. Plantar Fasciitis Shoe inserts (we recommend the Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insert which is the best reviewed online) — these fit in your shoe to provide more support and comfort
3. Plantar Fasciitis Shoes — special shoes that help provide maximum arch and heel support for your foot (we recommend New Balance Running shoes as the best reviewed for plantar fasciitis problems)
Some people who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis purchase a padded shoe insert from their local drug store to relieve the pain. The issue is that it is merely a padded insert that provides extra padding and nothing more. These tend to do little for the pain and give little relief.
Cushioning alone is does not give enough support the damaged heel and does not support the aflicted ligament which is necessary to help reduce swelling and damage to the tissue. There is also no support given to the arch of the foot, and does not help reduce strain on the ligament.
Orthotics help to correct the misalignment in your foot, reducing pain and can also solve posture problems that have led to the plantar facsiiitis in the beginning. It will also give support to the ligament and reduce pain.
People who wear Orthotics report that when wearing them, they notice their feet feel much better. That standing for long periods of time, walking, or running is less painful. Their feet are more supple and their posture much more improved.
Orthotics for plantar fasciitis or insoles are a good cost effective treatment compared to buying specialty shoes which can be quite costly. The insoles can be used in multiple pairs of shoes just by removing them and placing them in another pair. Which allows you wear your existing shoes while getting the support you need.
There are many other remedies that you may use but the orthotics are more effective in usefulness (you can buy the recommended plantar fasciitis treatment program for a full program on how to cure the problem from start to finish). They are also a simple way to relieve your pain and easier to go about daily life.