Successfully treat your plantar fasciitis with custom orthotics

Are you looking for a cure for your plantar fasciitis or heel spur pain? Do you know that custom orthotics can help cure plantar fasciitis? The podiatrists at our Melbourne foot clinic are experts in plantar fasciittis treatment and custom orthotic prescription. Custom orthotics help treat the cause of plantar fasciitis and can help eliminate your heel pain and get you back on your feet.

At Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics we treat a lot of plantar fasciitis. Whilst we often find chronic sufferers get some initial improvement with conservative treatment (strapping, stretching, physical therapy etc.) they often fail to get 100% relief. In these cases custom orthotics can be the difference to helping patients overcome their plantar fasciitis and heel spur pain.

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Orthotics treat the cause of plantar fasciitis and plantar heel pain

Plantar fasciitis is a debilitating condition caused by excess strain on the plantar fascia. One of the main causes of this is poor foot structure and function. Custom orthotics improve foot function and supports the foots natural arch, thereby reducing strain on the plantar fascia and treating the true cause of plantar fasciitis.

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What foot types are prone to plantar fasciitis?

Our podiatrists find that chronic sufferers of plantar fasciitis usually present with a high arch foot type, that contains a tight, contracted plantar fascia along with a tight achilles and calf muscle. This foot type is a poor shock absorber and even mild arch collapse causes enormous tension on the plantar fascia, especially at the heel insertion. Due to the poor biomechanics of this foot type it is very prone to developing chronic plantar fasciitis, making treatment without custom orthotics difficult and prone to failure.

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How custom orthotics can eliminate plantar fasciitis symptoms

The key to successful plantar fasciitis treatment with orthotics is to reduce tension on the plantar fascia and remove forces off the heel to allow for healing. Unfortunately most prefabricated and poorly prescribed devices fail to achieve this.

At our Melbourne clinic our podiatrists design custom orthotics to closely contour the arch of your foot, providing maximum plantar fascia support whilst reducing harmful forces on the heel insertion. This is especially important in high arched foot types that are prone to chronic plantar fasciitis.

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Custom orthotics can successfully treat plantar fasciitis in the following ways:

  • Addressing the biomechanical causes of plantar fasciitis
  • Reducing tension on the plantar fascia
  • Redistributing loads across the arch of the foot
  • Reducing forces off the plantar fascia heel insertion

The problem with prefabricated arch supports

The trouble with prefabricated arch supports are they are made to be comfortable for the majority of users. For this reason they are mostly made with a standardised low arch. Unfortunately for chronic sufferers with a high arch foot type and heel insertion pain, whilst these devices might feel comfortable they simply won’t achieve anything. Because the arch isn’t closely contoured to a high arch foot type it simply fails to support the foot and reduce plantar fascia strain.

When are custom orthotics indicated for plantar fasciitis treatment?

We recommend that plantar fasciitis sufferers seek consultation with one of our Melbourne podiatrists to explore custom orthotic options in the following scenarios:

  • Plantar fasciitis that isn’t improving with conservative treatment
  • Plantar fasciitis present for 3 months or more and with plantar heel insertion pain
  • History of plantar fasciitis or similar heel pain symptoms

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.

Common reasons why your orthotics have failed in the past:

  • Misdiagnosis of plantar fasciitis
  • Orthotics with a poor arch contour
  • Orthotics increasing forces on the heel insertion
  • Uncomfortable or poorly prescribed devices

NB. There are many similar conditions that can mimic plantar fasciitis symptoms. Unless your heel pain is properly diagnosed by a podiatrist you will most likely end up with a poorly prescribed custom orthotic that fails to improve your symptoms.

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Why choose Melbourne Podiatrists for plantar fasciitis orthotics?

The podiatrists at our Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotic are experts in plantar fasciitis treatment and custom orthotic prescription. To put is simply we know what orthotics work for successful heel pain relief. We also guarantee you accurate devices through our 100% comfort guarantee.

With correct diagnosis, treatment advice and accurate custom orthotics there is no reason why chronic plantar fasciitis sufferers can’t get 100% plantar fasciitis relief and avoid the need for surgery.

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Looking for orthotics to treat plantar fasciitis?

Our Melbourne podiatrists can successfully treat your plantar fasciitis and plantar heel pain. Custom orthotics prescribed by our podiatrists at our Melbourne clinic help treat the real cause of plantar fasciitis.

For accurate custom orthotics for plantar fasciitis and heel pain relief book a consultation with one of our professional podiatrists today.