Can prefabricated orthotics succesfully treat plantar fasciitis?
Prefabricated orthotics are generally made with a standardised low arch so it is comfortable for the majority of users. This can help with treating mild plantar fasciitis symptoms, especially when symptoms occur in the middle of the plantar fascia or arch. Unfortunately for chronic sufferers with a high arch foot and heel insertion pain they usually struggle to get 100% relief in these devices. The reason is pretty simple. These arch supports simply aren’t designed to fit the arch of a high arched foot closely enough.
When are custom orthotics indicated for plantar fasciitis?
We recommend that patients visit one of our podiatrists to explore custom orthotic options for plantar fasciitis in the following scenarios:
Patients with plantar fasciitis that isn’t improving with conservative treatment
Patients who have had plantar fasciitis for 3 months or more and experience heel insertion pain symptoms
Patients with a history of plantar fasciitis or who have had the condition more than once before
Custom orthotics didn’t fix my plantar fasciitis
Unfortunately this is a common complaint and you should not assume that all custom orthotics are uncomfortable and don’t work. In these cases it is generally the fault of an inexperienced practitioner with limited knowledge of plantar fasciitis treatment and custom orthotic prescription. A poorly prescribed custom orthotic unfortunately will not reduce adequate strain on the plantar fascia and may even increase forces on the heel. The end result is a custom orthotic that fails to produce results and may even be uncomfortable to wear.
Unsuccessful custom orthotic treatment can also result when a practitioner misdiagnoses your heel pain as plantar fasciitis. There are plenty of similar conditions that can mimic plantar fasciitis symptoms and this has a great effect on orthotic prescription. Unless heel pain is properly diagnosed you will most likely end up with a poorly prescribed custom orthotic that fails to improve symptoms.
Why choose us for plantar fasciitis treatment?
Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics are experienced in treating plantar fasciitis and our podiatrists know the keys to successful plantar fasciitis treatment. They are experienced in custom orthotic prescription and know how to accurately prescribe custom orthotics for effective plantar fasciitis relief. At our Melbourne clinic we also guarantee you accurate devices through our 100% comfort guarantee.
From my own clinical experience I can honestly say that with the right treatment advice and the right custom orthotic there is no reason why chronic sufferers can’t get 100% plantar fasciitis relief and avoid the need for surgery.
Looking for a cure for chronic plantar fasciitis or heel pain? For expert plantar fasciitis treatment advice please make an appointment with one of our friendly Melbourne podiatrists today.