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Plantar Fasciitis and Custom Footwear

Plantar Fasciitis and Custom Footwear

One of the most common causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition arises when the plantar fascia ligament, located on the underside of the foot, experiences small tears. These tears result in irritation, inflammation, and subsequent pain in either the heel or arch region. Plantar fasciitis can be a debilitating condition, making it important to address it promptly.

For many years, it has been widely recognized that custom foot orthoses are a valuable and successful remedy for managing plantar fasciitis. Recently, a study conducted this year affirmatively showcased the effectiveness of custom foot orthoses in reducing pain experienced during the first step over a period of 12 weeks. This evidential research underscores the significant role that custom foot orthoses play in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.

Custom Insoles

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can cause severe pain when walking. Fortunately, there is a solution to relieve this discomfort in the form of a custom orthotic insole. These specially designed insoles provide support to the feet and can significantly alleviate the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. By providing proper arch support and distributing weight evenly, custom orthotic insoles promote proper alignment and reduce strain on the plantar fascia. This can make walking a more comfortable experience, allowing individuals to go about their daily activities with less pain and discomfort.

There are various kinds of insoles on the market, such as memory foam insoles and gel or air cushioned inserts. Memory foam insoles tend to be the most popular because they absorb shock efficiently while gel insoles may also prove effective.

Runners often develop plantar fasciitis, so insoles designed for runners may help lower their risk. HOKA offers insoles with excellent arch and heel support as well as a sturdy rubber outsole – these insoles could be perfect for you!

Finding an insole that suits your individual needs may take some time, so take it slow. To avoid losing its structure and support over time, select one close to your shoe size that can be cut down as required for best results.

Arch Supports

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by overstretching of the fascia ligament that runs from heel to ball of foot, and results in tissue tugging against heel bone.

People suffering from chronic inflammation due to this condition require custom orthotics in order to relieve stress on the ligament and alleviate pain. A custom orthotic will align and support arches while relieving tension on plantar fascia ligaments.

Your orthotics can also help control excessive pronation, which occurs when your foot rolls outward and seeks balance on its outer side. This is usually an indicator of structural problems within your foot but could also be brought on by injury.

At Good Feet, we carry a wide variety of arch supports in various designs, flexibilities and sizes to meet every client’s individual needs. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or simply looking to improve your health, our Good Feet Arch Support Specialists are available to offer advice on finding a support that best meets those requirements.

Heel Supports

Heel supports are an integral component of Plantar Fasciitis treatment as they relieve strain on the plantar fascia ligament spanning from your heel to your toes and carrying the weight of your body while you walk or run. Heel supports can reduce stress on this vital band of tissue that supports your natural arch while carrying your weight as you walk or run.

As there are a variety of heel supports to choose from – full-length insoles and heel cups are among the more popular choices – it should not be hard to find something suitable.

These inserts can provide quick relief of pain for temporary relief; however, for long-term solutions it is wiser to seek medical advice from a podiatrist.

When searching for plantar fasciitis shoes, look for features such as arch support, deep heel cups, contoured footbeds with removable covers and shock absorption to ensure that your feet remain supported throughout the day. These features will ensure your feet receive adequate support during every step of their day-long journey.


Shoes play an integral role in protecting against stress injuries like plantar fasciitis. Shoe fit, arch support, cushioning and shock absorption should be carefully considered when selecting a pair of shoes.

Those experiencing discomfort in their feet may benefit from visiting a podiatrist or physical therapist for advice about finding appropriate footwear. In general, shoes with built-in arch supports and sufficient shock absorption are more likely to provide long term relief than others.

Over-the-counter insoles may also help some individuals with plantar fasciitis; however, they cannot provide the tailored fit that comes from consulting a specialist.


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