A common type of heel pain, plantar fasciitis can impact even the most basic day-to-day movements. The ailment involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the human foot, connecting the heel bone to toes. Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. It is extremely common in the overweight and in runners, who put high amounts of stress on their feet.
When you purchase a running shoe, it generally contains an insole. If you purchase the correct running shoes, the insoles are designed to properly support your foot. Z-coil shoes have been known to work well. Additionally, brands like New Balance work well for combating the condition.
You can purchase shoe inserts at your local drug store. These inserts are made from soft plastic gel materials that bend and get misshapen. After some wear, they will not provide the proper support, so you will need to replace them at least every six months.
Many podiatrists will work with an insole a patient already has. This can include custom shaping of over-the-counter orthotics or the alteration of the sole of the shoe itself. This usually requires sending the shoe or insert to a lab for alterations. While not as beneficial as custom-made supports, this procedure costs much less.
Kevin Orthotics from Foot In Motion
The Pathology-Designed Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic from Kevin Orthotics is also an option for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. This particular orthotic is specifically designed for plantar fasciitis and is custom made by a pedorthist (or peoditrist) to fit the person's foot. A custom mold of your foot is taken by your podiatrist in his office, and he will write a prescription for the construction of your orthotic. The mold and prescription are sent to the lab that will make your custom orthotic.
Walkfit orthotics have also been noted for helping with plantar fasciitis pain. Walkfit is an "as seen on TV" product that works much like a custom-fitted orthotic. You can order them online, and you will receive inserts made to fit your foot and relieve your pain.
Article Written By Heather Broeker
Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.