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Orthotics Article on Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common problems that custom orthotics are used for. The plantar fascia is a band that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. This band is made of a flat fibrous tissue. It has a limited ability to stretch. It looks very much like fiberglass packing tape. Its function is to help support the foot and keep it from flattening out too much. Where there is abnormal pressure put on this band from the foot pronating or flattening out too much, it will become inflamed and pain will be produced.

The pain is most often located on the bottom inside of the foot in the area where the arch just begins. It can radiate up into the arch and can go all the way up into the metatarsal area. This condition can become almost unbearable.

The problem comes because of the pressure that is put on the plantar fascia. This band will pull away from it’s insertion on the heel, and acts almost like a very small fracture. The body reacts to this with inflammation, and it will begin to lay down calcium to repair the small tear. After time this continuous laying down of calcium can cause a heel spur to form. It is not the spur itself that causes this pain, but the process that is going on.

Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotics will help support the arch, take the pressure off, and allow the plantar fascia to repair, and the inflammation to subside.

Other Help Options

Ice, stretching and oral anti inflammatory medications will also help with this problem. Often a doctor will give the person a cortisone injection to help reduce the inflamation, but often the use of orthotics will alleviate this problem.

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