Orthotics can help treat plantar fasciitis as they help support the foots natural arch and reduce strain on the plantar fascia. By doing this orthotics treat the cause of plantar fasciitis. In chronic cases of heel pain our podiatrists find that custom orthotics give better clinical results than prefabricated or “off the shelf” orthotics.
How custom orthotics can fix plantar fasciitis or heel spurs
Chronic plantar fasciitis usually affects a high arch foot type with a tight plantar fascia. In this foot type prefabricated orthotics with lower arches simply don’t support the plantar fascia enough. Custom orthotics can be manufactured with a high arch that closely matches the foot and this is why they produce better clinical results in plantar fasciitis treatment. An accurate custom orthotic will support a high arch foot and reduce strain on the plantar fascia. It will also aid in stretching the tight fascia whilst removing forces off the heel insertion area, allowing for healing.
Accurately prescribed custom orthotics are the key to success
Our Melbourne podiatrists see plenty of instances where custom orthotics have been poorly prescribed by other health practitioners when treating plantar fasciitis. Quite often these devices increase forces on the painful heel rather than reduce forces. At our Melbourne clinic our podiatrists are experienced in custom orthotic prescription for plantar fasciitis and know which type of devices get results. We also guarantee accuracy through our 100% orthotic comfort guarantee. Finally our podiatrists know that footwear selection, stretching and strengthening are just as important in successful plantar fasciitis treatment.