15 Apr Managing Plantar Fasciitis with Orthotics
Our feet serve as the foundation for our bodies. Just like a building, an imperfect foundation for the body can adversely affect the rest of the structure or the rest of the body too.
One of the most common foot complaints resulting from a strained foot is Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is an extremely common foot condition. The pain from Plantar Fasciitis can be debilitating and difficult to treat. It often manifests as stabbing heel and/or arch pain and surprisingly, worsens with rest. This is why many patients experience severe pain with their first steps in the morning. The pain gradually fades as you start moving.
The condition is caused due to stress to the ligament that supports the foot arch. This ligament is called the plantar fascia (and hence, the name of the condition) and it connects the heel bone to the toes. The plantar fascia acts like a shock absorber for your foot but if it gets pulled too tightly or stretched too much, it can tear, causing pain and inflammation. Since the feet hardly get rest, it becomes hard to manage the inflammation.
This pain and inflammation can cause limited activity or patients adjust their gait to reduce pressure on that area of the foot. This causes misalignment in the body mechanics, further leading to foot, ankle, hip, knee and back pain apart from other health problems that arise due to lack of exercise.
Plantar Fasciitis commonly strikes between the ages of 40 and 60. However, it’s more common in runners, overweight people and anyone who has poor arch support or flat feet.
Custom Orthotics can help manage Plantar Fasciitis
Custom molded shoe inserts, insoles or other custom orthotics can correct the alignment of the foot and redistribute pressure so the pressure is more evenly spread out.
If the problem is caused by flat feet or overpronation, orthotics can support the arch, relieving pressure off the plantar fascia ligament.
This pressure redistribution and added support provides several benefits for the body –
- Orthotics correct basic structural problems in the foot, restoring natural alignment.
- Realignment reduces pressure on the ankles, knees, hips and lower back as well as the plantar fascia. This relieves many aches and pains in the feet, legs and back.
Orthotics are easy to use. Custom orthotics are designed specifically for your feet. All you need to do is simply replace the insoles in your shoes with your custom orthotics and wear them every time you. Once your body adjusts to the orthotics, you’ll experience relief.
To learn more or if you are looking for the best foot orthotics treatment in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, call Oasis Foot and Ankle Clinic at 602-993-2700 Now. Oasis Foot and Ankle Centers offer cutting edge surgical and nonsurgical treatments for foot and ankle conditions and injuries.