A common question: Can I use orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis?
There are different ways to approach the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis, and orthotics is definitely a very reliable option. However, the Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis must be designed very accurately with the specific foot problem in mind.
Many patients have already tried Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis by the time they arrive at our clinic, but the shape of the device or the material that the orthotics have been made from are not ideal. Some patients have even tried several pairs from different practitioners.
Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis – Generic devices
It is unlikely that patients will respond well to Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis if they have been purchased from a shop. Generic devices can push in the wrong places and can sometimes cause more problems and can create more pain.
Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis – The right material
Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis need to made from the right material. Patients with Plantar Fasciitis need control, not cushioning (even though cushioning feels good against the heel). Control is achieved from firm materials which are used in prescription devices. Orthotics made from firm materials are not uncomfortable (providing they have been designed well) and do not feel hard against the foot because they are hand crafted around the shape of the patients foot mould, and hence they push in the right places. Furthermore, padding is applied to the firm material which means that the Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis will always be comfortable. Patients using Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis that have been designed by Podiatrists at Sydney Heel Pain Clinic report extreme comfort and a feeling that they are hardly aware of the presence of the orthotics inside their shoes.
Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis – Achieving the right shape
Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis need to be the perfect shape in order to support the fascia and provide comfort. This can be achieved by the Podiatrist taking a very accurate foot mould. At Sydney Heel Pain Clinic the Podiatrists use the most up to date technology – a 3D digital foot scanner, accurate to 0.1mm. Other techniques, which are much older, include plaster of paris casts and foot foam boxes. These are no longer used at Sydney Heel Pain Clinic.
Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis – They must fit in the shoe!
If the Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis are too big and bulky then the patient will never want to wear them. They have to be designed after careful consideration of the patient’s footwear. Far too often, we see new patients who are unhappy with their existing orthotics as they are too long or too thick to fit into their shoes. Many of our patients are female, and hence the Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis must be streamlined. Likewise, for men with stylish shoes, Orthotics for plantar fasciitis should be short and tailored to their footwear.
For running shoes or walking boots etc. Plantar Fasciitis orthotics can be full length will full padding as there is plenty of room inside the shoe after removing the original liner.
Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis – Heel aperture
It is also beneficial for the patient if we request a heel aperture be incorporated into the orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis. A heel aperture is a circular section of the orthotic that is drilled out in the base of the heel area. After the firm material has been drilled out it is packed with foam and covered. This provides extra comfort and cushioning for the patients with heel pain and Plantar Fasciitis.
If you would like more information on Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis please call the clinic on 93883322 or click here to send us an email.
To learn more about the treatment of plantar fasciitis, see here: Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Written by Karl Lockett