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Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics

The condition Plantar Fasciitis is strongly associated with orthotics inserts for good reason. One of the simplest, non-intrusive ways to treat Plantar Fasciitis is with orthotics.

However, if you are suffering from heel pain or have been newly diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis, choosing the right pair of orthotics can be a little intimidating. There’s no shortage of options lining the pharmacy aisles–and even vending machines!

Understanding how orthotics work, which options are available, and how much different options cost can set your mind at ease and help you make an informed decision.

All About Orthotics

To really understand what you need from a pair of orthotics, it can be helpful to learn a little about how orthotics actually work!

Orthotics insoles or inserts are simply an extra layer you add to your shoes. Plantar Fasciitis (also known as Plantar Fasciosis) is caused by injury, overuse, or deterioration of the arch, a ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot. Arch supports or orthotics fortify and protect the arch, so that healing can take place.

How do Orthotics Work?

A good pair of orthotic inserts will re-stretch the plantar fascia ligament, redistribute the heel’s natural fat pad, provide bio-structural reinforcement, offer soothing cushioning, and help realign the bones in the heel.

Cushion

An injured or deteriorated arch can also wear away at the fatty pad of the heel, which helps cushion and protect your foot. Orthotic inserts provide an extra layer of cushioning that mimics your heel pad in absorbing impact.

Support

A flat, weak arch can’t properly support the weight of even low-impact activities like walking. Orthotics provide much-needed backup, allowing your foot to bear weight effectively without additional injury.

Lift

A good pair of orthotics is much more than a mere cushion. Special orthotics made especially for Plantar Fasciitis (like Heel Seats), actually lift the arch back to an optimal height and alignment with the rest of the bones and ligaments in your foot.

Targeted Acupressure

Orthotics made specifically for Plantar Fasciitis will provide gentle pressure at key points along the arch for quick pain relief.

Promote Healing

The right pair of orthotics will actually help you heal from Plantar Fasciitis by supporting, lifting, and cushioning the arch of the foot. With consistent use and the right orthotics, more than 90% of people successfully heal their Plantar Fasciitis within a few months.

Options for Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to orthotic insoles and inserts. Walk through almost any pharmacy, and you’ll find gel, foam, and even leather. You’ll also notice a difference in length: Some orthotic inserts span the entire length of your shoe, while others are three-quarters or half the length.

Orthotic Insoles Vs. Orthotic Inserts

In general, insoles are meant to be replace the existing insole in your sneakers. Inserts are usually meant to be worn on top of your shoe’s existing insole.

Full-Length Vs. Half or ¾ Length

Full-length insoles are usually meant to replace the insoles the come inside your own shoes. They’re often the right choice if you have high arches, or just need extra, overall support or cushioning. Three-quarter length or half-length orthotic inserts are usually meant to be worn over your shoe’s existing insoles, provide support for flat or fallen arches, and can be worn with a greater variety of shoe types.

Gel, Foam, Cork, Rubber, or Leather

While foam or cork might feel great at first, these materials flatten easily over time (you’ll notice that those $5 inserts at the grocery store are usually made of foam or cork). If you can crush or compress the material easily in your hand, it’s not likely to hold up to repeated impact and use over time. And leather insoles might sound fancy, but they’re not particularly breathable–or washable.

Firm gel orthotic inserts or rubber inserts are your best bet for both durability and comfort. If you have sensitive feet, opt for gel inserts! Gel and rubber orthotic inserts are washable, durable, and comfortable.

Arch Support or Cushioning

If you have Plantar Fasciitis or ongoing issues with heel pain, you’ll likely want to choose an orthotic insert or insole with arch support. While some kinds of orthotic inserts may offer temporary relief with cushioning, they can’t truly promote healing without lifting and supporting the arch. You’ll also notice that many cheaper orthotic “cushioning” inserts collapse and fall apart quickly. Since they’re made of cheap foam.

 

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How Much Do Orthotics Cost?

You can find a $5 pair of flimsy foam orthotics at any grocery store. But unfortunately, that tiny price tag hints at the slim benefits you’ll gain from the purchase.

And while high-quality orthotics have earned a reputation of being expensive, you don’t have to break the bank for proven healing.

It’s easy to spend more than $200 on a pair of custom orthotic inserts. But the good news is that these expensive orthotics have been shown to be no more effective than quality orthotic inserts under $50.

Check out a full suite of orthotic products under $50!

The Perfect Orthotic Insert

Heel Seats are clinically tested orthotic inserts with a 99.7% success rate. Unlike orthotics you might find in a drugstore, these unique inserts are designed for long-term relief from Plantar Fasciitis.

Heel Seats can be worn in any type of shoe that has a backing, are washable and offer targeted acupressure, cushioning that stands up to physical activity and impact, and patented Fascia-Bar Technology, which lifts and realigns the heel and foot. And the best part? They come with a no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee.

If you have any questions about orthotic inserts for Plantar Fasciitis, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help guide you to the best, most cost-effective long-term solution to heel pain.

Arch Support or Cushioning

If you have Plantar Fasciitis or ongoing issues with heel pain, you’ll likely want to choose an orthotic insert or insole with arch support. While some kinds of orthotic inserts may offer temporary relief with cushioning, they can’t truly promote healing without lifting and supporting the arch. You’ll also notice that many cheaper orthotic “cushioning” inserts collapse and fall apart quickly. Since they’re made of cheap foam.

How Much Do Orthotics Cost?

You can find a $5 pair of flimsy foam orthotics at any grocery store. But unfortunately, that tiny price tag hints at the slim benefits you’ll gain from the purchase.

And while high-quality orthotics have earned a reputation of being expensive, you don’t have to break the bank for proven healing.

It’s easy to spend more than $200 on a pair of custom orthotic inserts. But the good news is that these expensive orthotics have been shown to be no more effective than quality orthotic inserts under $50.

Check out a full suite of orthotic products under $50!

The Perfect Orthotic Insert

Heel Seats are clinically tested orthotic inserts with a 99.7% success rate. Unlike orthotics you might find in a drugstore, these unique inserts are designed for long-term relief from Plantar Fasciitis.

Heel Seats can be worn in any type of shoe that has a backing, are washable and offer targeted acupressure, cushioning that stands up to physical activity and impact, and patented Fascia-Bar Technology, which lifts and realigns the heel and foot. And the best part? They come with a no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee.

If you have any questions about orthotic inserts for Plantar Fasciitis, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help guide you to the best, most cost-effective long-term solution to heel pain.

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