Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition whereby soft tissue (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed at the point where it connects to the heel bone. Sufferers often experience severe pain when they first walk in the morning or when they walk after being seated for a while. Prolonged plantar fasciitis can lead to the formation of a heel spur (a small bony calcification).
Many sufferers try to relieve the pain with soft cushions under their heels, with only limited success. That’s because, ultimately, Plantar Fasciitis is caused by poor foot alignment, which requires orthotic intervention.
Foot orthotics relieve the tension on the plantar fascia by realigning the foot. Sometimes, in severe cases, the patient will also be advised to perform a series of calf stretching exercises and wear resting splints on their leg at night.
Custom made foot orthotics are the ideal treatment for plantar fasciitis. Each foot is different, and the amount of support required to alleviate the pain differs from person to person. The orthotists at Orthotic Specialist Centre usually make orthotics from dense EVA foams (although other materials are available). Many people find these more comfortable than rigid orthotics, particularly when involved in sporting activities.