Choosing the Right Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics

Choosing the Right Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics

Plantar Fasciitis is a foot condition that leads to the inflammation of the muscle tissue at the bottom of the foot. The tissue that connects the toe of your foot to the heel bone is called plantar fascia. People suffering from the plantar fasciitis often suffer from heel pain due to excess strain on the tissue.

The pain might start with the first steps in the morning, and usually decrease as you move more. The reason for the plantar fasciitis is extended hours of standing, walking and excessive running. However, the problem is curable by proper treatment and use of foot orthotics. 

With the availability of a variety of foot insoles in the markets, it is difficult to choose the right orthotics for your feet. The orthotics you need depend on the foot problem you suffer from and the severity of the problem. Let us see how we can choose the right foot insoles for the plantar fasciitis. 

Size of the orthotics 

Size of the orthotics

The orthotics companies make the foot insoles in a wide range of sizes for kids, youngsters, and elders. You can select a size that best fits your shoe and covers your foot base. Usually, the companies make a little bigger size of insoles than the standard insoles to meet a wide range of footwear. 

The users need to trim the insoles to fit the shoes with which they want to wear them. Some insoles come in 3/4 sizes that don’t need to be cut. Users can wear the insoles as soon as they purchase them.  

3/4 Length Insoles 

3/4 Length Insoles

Unlike the full-size insoles, the 3/4 length insoles are the orthotics that extend from the heel to the ball of the foot. These types of insoles are ideal to use in the shoes with non-removable liners and dress shoes. The 3/4 length insole comes in three forms of categories – Full cushioning, moderate cushioning and minimal cushioning. The full cushioning type insoles offer the maximum comfy support to your feet which the minimal cushioning provides the minimum. The one you choose for yourself depends on the amount of support you need for your feet. 

Hard Vs. Soft

There are two types of foot insoles, hard and soft. The soft type insoles will go flat as soon as you start wearing them. Although they offer comfy support in the beginning, they might become ineffective within a month. You don’t want this type of orthotics. On the other hand, there are hard insoles that are made of the plastic polymer or some firm plastic material. They last longer and offer added support to your feet.

Full-length Insoles

The foot orthotics comes in different sizes depending upon the problem. You need to use a full-length insole for the plantar fasciitis as they support the complete tissue from heel to toe. They offer comfy support to the entire tissue to help relieve pain in the heels. 

Foot arch type

The insoles you use also depend on your foot arch. Every person has a different foot arch, but basically, there are three types of foot arches. The manufacturing companies design the insoles to suit one or more types of foot arches. Before choosing an insole for your feet, you need to know what kind of foot arch you have so that you don’t waste your precious time looking for the ones designed for other types of arches. 

Moldable Insoles

Moldable Insoles

Moldable insoles are great to use as they are a blend of the features of OTC and custom foot orthotics. Manufacturers use malleable materials for making them and can be molded for your foot with the application of heat. You should always buy the moldable orthotics under the prescription of your podiatrist as it is difficult to choose the right pair. If you get the wrong insoles that do not fit or suit your foot after molding, they will be useless.

Footbed type

The foot orthotic manufacturers make the insoles in four different footbed constructions. Rigid orthotic support, Semi-rigid orthotic, Cushioned arch, and No-arch support. The rigid orthotic type offers the maximum support to your foot arch while the semi-rigid provides average support. The cushioned arch type provides a comfy little support to your foot. The insoles you choose depends on the condition of your foot and the amount of support it needs. If you don’t know about this, your podiatrist will help you to choose the right foot orthotics. 

Plantar Fasciitis & Arch Pain

Plantar Fasciitis & Arch Pain

If you feel pain in the arch or heel due to plantar fasciitis, you should choose the orthotics with the right amount of cushioning support. Choose a pair of insoles with the foam arch support with a rigid or semi-rigid footbed. The orthotics with semi-rigid orthotic support is the best for first-time users. Semi-rigid orthotics are an excellent combination of comfort, flexibility, and support.  

If you have used the foot orthotics before, and want more rigid support, you should try using the ones that offer rigid orthotic support. The insoles with a cushioned arch support are the best for the people with sensitive feet.  

Custom foot orthotics

Although there is a wide range of prefabricated orthotics available in the market, custom orthotics is still the best option for any foot problems. To use the custom orthotics, you need to take advice from a podiatrist. The doctor will guide you in choosing the right insoles according to your foot condition. 

The podiatrists will conduct a detailed analysis of your foot, internal bones, and tissues. They check the movement of different joints in the foot and the pressure on the joints when your foot touches the ground. After the detailed analysis, they offer you the custom orthotics that best suits your condition. 

Final Words

Plantar Fasciitis can occur at any age. 3D Foot orthotics can help, but they are not the ideal solution to plantar fasciitis. Timely consultation and medication are essential for the treatment of foot conditions. The foot orthotics can help in the faster healing of foot conditions and provide support for daily activities like walking and running.