Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition of the heel, caused by inflammation in the feet.
The pain is acute and sharp usually more in the morning or immediately after standing up.
It can become a major disability, even making it difficult to walk.
The condition is usually treated with rest, physical therapy, exercise, and foot orthotics.
Foot orthotics give the benefit of improved function and provide pain relief.
Orthotic devices, also called orthoses, are devices that are used to support, or correct imperfections, and to enhance the movement of joints or body parts.
These devices are used by doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists.
What are Orthoses for Plantar Fasciitis?
Orthoses, also known as orthotics, are foot supports made of a variety of materials ( leather, plastic, foam, graphite) to fit inside your footwear.
They may be flat, molded, or with gel fillings.
These devices cushion and support the feet to help the symptoms of bunions, plantar fasciitis, and others.
When they are custom-made for a particular patient, they provide more efficiency in correcting imbalance and absorbing shock to provide pain relief.
An Easy Remedy for Plantar Fasciitis- Custom Orthotics
One need not put life on hold due to PF or flat foot, there are many remedies available, one of them being custom orthotics or custom-made support for the feet.
These are devices built to align with the contours of the foot and ankle most efficiently.
They are not just sole insertions but biomechanical medical appliances that are adapted to rectify your specific foot imbalance.
Custom orthotics lessen the strain and pressure on the free by arching the soles in perfect alignment with the body.
As you walk, the orthoses reduce stress on the heels and restrict movements that are strainful.
You can wear them inside your footwear to fit smugly according to the size of your feet.
It is so because they are tailored by taking precise impressions of your feet.
To make the device most unique and effective, at Goodwill Therapy & Massage, we make a 3D model of the patient’s foot from specific raw materials and fabricate the orthoses from that.
They deflect stress away from all types of painful points such as ulcers and callosities.
Also, they have functional– a device primarily designed to control foot and lower leg biomechanical fun to try to control foot and lower leg biomechanical function necessary for plantar fasciitis.
Pros & Cons Of Over-the-counter Orthotics
We have already seen the benefits of custom orthotics in specific conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis & flat foot.
They are intended to enhance the function of the joints of the lower limbs during weight-bearing movements such as standing, walking or running, to improve functioning and the quality of life.
Most prefabricated devices are commercially manufactured and sold in pharmacies, convenience & retail stores.
Pros of OTC Orthotics:
- OTC devices are convenient to buy and more affordable.
- They work well in mild cases of foot abnormalities.
Cons of OTC Orthotics:
- Mass produced products do not suit all foot types.
- You may have to experiment to find the type of cushioning and support you require.
- A wrong insole might make matters worse, cause injury and leave a serious condition untreated.
- It takes many weeks to know if the orthoses are actually healing.
- Some of them buckle & wrinkle under your foot.
- You may need to buy new shoes for them too.
- They only support mild biomechanical abnormalities. More specific issues such as PF necessitates a customized design.
- They do not last as long as custom orthotics.
When you get a customized orthotic, a therapeutic orthotic is created to treat specific abnormalities such as heel pain in plantar fasciitis.
These devices support your feet and arches throughout the gait cycle.
By comparison, OTC orthotics work partly as they keep slipping away from feet to stick only to the shoes.
Many over-the-counter devices bring satisfactory results in treating common foot conditions resulting from minor biomechanical abnormalities.
However, they can be used as temporary devices such as for children when they have problems in the growing up years.
Or, when a patient needs to test his preference and get accustomed to such a device when it is advised as a remedy in the beginning.