Let’s take a moment to review orthotics for plantar fasciitis and how they can help both manage the pain as well as improve your condition. In addition to examining what to look for in insoles and shoe inserts, we will also discuss things you should watch out for before you purchase your next pair.
How To Choose The Right Insoles
Every year, millions of Americans struggle with their health. From fighting off a cold to living with a condition over the course of a life, it can sometimes be challenging to figure out what the right course of action can be. This becomes especially true when dealing with chronic pain.
Affecting roughly 1 out of every 10 Americans (nearly 10% of the US population, or around 31 million people) over the course of their life, Plantar Fasciitis can disrupt lives and make pleasant days unbearable.
While some try their best to cope with the pain, an increasing number of people are taking their health into their own hands and proactively working towards addressing their Plantar Fasciitis at the source.
Plantar Fasciitis is also known as jogger’s heel. Beginning as a minor problem that grows in intensity and duration the worse it gets, Plantar Fasciitis will become increasingly worse until the point where it is unbearable to walk. Don’t let it get this bad. Instead, take advantage of recent advancements in science and technology to decrease the amount of strain you are putting on your plantar fascia through the use of orthotics.
Orthotics is nothing new
Created to help alleviate problems such as flat feet and improper strides, orthotics serve a crucial role in Plantar Fasciitis. Along with supportive plantar fasciitis shoes, orthotics can be specifically designed to provide the support you need to confidently walk, jog, and run without worsening your pre-existing Plantar Fasciitis.
One of the greatest benefits of orthotics over other Plantar Fasciitis treatments is that you do not need to start using them before the injury occurs. Instead, the orthotics can be purchased well into you developing pain and discomfort without losing any effectiveness or ability to help your plantar fascia heal.
This is because these specially designed orthotics specifically align the heel of your foot in such a way that the plantar fascia is held rigid. When properly fitted by a doctor or orthopedist, the foot is held snuggly in place up to the midsection, where they gradually become more free and flexible until the toes.
What To Look For In Shoe Inserts
The biggest consideration when getting orthotics is to match the orthotics with your most frequently used shoes.
More often than not, orthotics will work in all shoes you own.
However, with Plantar Fasciitis orthotics, you will need to make sure that the shoes you are wearing have enough support to fully hold your heel in place.
As orthotics can cost upwards of a hundred dollars or more, you will want to make sure that they fit snuggly in your most frequently used shoes. Failure to do this may lead to you infrequently wearing the orthotics, removing any benefit that you would otherwise receive.
In addition to matching your shoes with the orthotics, be sure to have your orthotics prescribed by either an orthopedist or a doctor. By taking the time to identify your particular form of Plantar Fasciitis and look at how you walk, a professional will be able to recommend an orthotic that works. While it is among the more expensive options out there, you have a far greater chance of it working than when you go with an over the counter variety.
At the same time, if you wear multiple shoes and you want to make sure that smaller walks decrease the worsening of your Plantar Fasciitis, then over the counter varieties may be worth it as something is usually better than nothing in this case.
A Few Things You Should Be Aware Of
Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis help your heal by lessening the damage done to them over time. As a result, every time you walk somewhere without wearing your orthotics, you risk damaging your Plantar Fasciitis even more. With that in mind, the morning is when you are most at risk.
It is highly recommended that before taking the first step of the day, you perform a series of Plantar Fasciitis stretches and then put on your orthotics and shoes before taking that first step.
Orthotics are a great way to stay mobile even during recovery. However, you should be aware that any movement risks hurting the plantar fascia. Even with the best orthotics and shoes out there, movement should only be limited to necessity.
This way, you reduce the chances that the Plantar Fasciitis will get worse and spend more time in recovery. While not a cure-all, orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis can provide some much-needed freedom and mobility while providing the opportunity your foot needs to heal.