Plantar Fasciitis Inserts
Anyone who has ever experienced the pain of plantar fasciitis knows that relief can be hard to find. This painful condition is often experienced by runners and can be made worse by shoes with poor support. So when it comes to plantar fasciitis, insoles are your best bet for powerful relief.
But how do you know what inserts will work best for your unique foot shape? To answer that question, you’ll need to know what plantar fasciitis is and how it works.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that is usually centered in the heel. It is caused by the inflammation of a band of tissue known as your plantar fascia. This band runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heels and toes together. The main issue is caused by continued stress from walking and running, which creates tension in your plantar fascia. Repeated stress and tension can cause small tears to appear in the band of tissue. These tears usually appear on or near the heel, which is why you may experience a sharp stabbing pain in the early mornings or shortly after strenuous physical activity.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused and worsened by a variety of factors, including:
- Long periods of standing
- Poor foot mechanics
- Inadequate foot support
- Compounding health factors such as obesity
- Certain exercise types (specifically running and other high-impact activities)
If you’ve been experiencing sharp pain in your heel and relate to any of the above activities or categories, you may be experiencing plantar fasciitis. Luckily, plantar fasciitis inserts have come a long way and may be just the solution for your foot pain.
How Can Custom Inserts Fix Plantar Fasciitis
The primary ways that plantar fasciitis inserts can help are by providing adequate support to your heel and correcting poor foot mechanics. An off-the-shelf insole can provide the support you need around the heel, but does little to correct your gait. Thankfully, we’ve made it easier than ever to get custom plantar fasciitis shoe inserts that provide immediate relief while working towards a long-term solution.
As mentioned previously, custom supports provide pain relief by adding extra cushioning to the heel of your shoe. Not only does this alleviate the pain you’ve been feeling, but it prevents your plantar fasciitis from worsening over time. For this reason, the passive relief of custom insoles can’t be beat.
While any old insole can provide extra cushioning, a custom orthotic or plantar fasciitis shoe insert is going to provide relief and support where it is most needed. Our custom orthotics are molded by you at home, and can be remolded in case of any errors. With these insoles, you get the best of both worlds for a price that makes sense.
Once you’ve inserted your custom insole, you should quickly notice relief during physical activities such as walking. However, we recommend that you reduce strenuous physical activity whenever possible. While our custom orthotics reduce the risk of injury to your plantar fascia, your foot will heal better the less that is asked of it.
In addition to cushioning and relief, a custom insole can help improve your plantar fasciitis over time. To ensure that you’re getting the best support possible, we recommend our custom moldable orthotics. These shoe inserts, once molded to your foot, will provide support along the arch of your foot. Wearing them regularly can help improve your overall foot health and prevent your foot from overcompensating due to high arches or flat feet.
There are certain instances where plantar fasciitis requires surgery for long-term improvement. If your pain is severe, we suggest speaking to your podiatrist to discuss your options. If your pain is not too severe, then a custom insert could be your solution for avoiding long-term damage to your foot. Many podiatrists will even prescribe custom orthotics as a preventative measure against plantar fasciitis.
How to Get Plantar Fasciitis Inserts
If custom insoles sound like the solution for you, you’re in the right place! We provide easy-to-fit custom insoles for a reasonable price. Unlike prescription insoles, which can cost upwards of $300, ours start as low as $69 and provide levels of support far beyond that of an off-the-shelf orthotic. Take a look at our Corefit heat moldable orthotic inserts to find out if a plantar fasciitis insert is the right solution for you!