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Richardson Podiatry Center

Treating Plantar Fasciitis with Custom Fitted Orthotics

"One of the successful treatments for plantar fasciitis is the use of custom fitted orthotics. Here at Richardson Podiatry Center, I will do a gait analysis to see if the mechanics of your gait contribute to the overstressing of the plantar fascia. We find that most people are asymmetrical, and that means that one foot performs or functions differently than the other foot. Most plantar fasciitis patients only have pain in one foot. We find the reason for that is that your gait is not symmetrical. The use of orthotics will correct certain biomechanical problems that contribute to your plantar fasciitis. Once we fit you for the custom fitted orthotics and we go through a break-in period, you will see an improvement that will not only get rid of your morning pain, but will also help you with any type of knee, hip, or back problems.

People take between 2,000-3,000 steps per day on a daily basis. If you have plantar fasciitis, in order to treat your plantar fasciitis, that ligament has to be supported so there is no flattening of your arch, which stretches the injured plantar fascial ligament. What orthotics will do is provide you with support in your arch that prevents that stretching of the injured fascial ligament. This is crucial in the healing of your injury.

If you go through with stretching and taking anti-inflammatory medication, that alone will not heal your plantar fasciitis problem. You have to immobilize the plantar fascial ligament. We do this with a custom fitted orthotic. It is quite easily done. We take impressions in our office, and within weeks you will get the relief of a custom fitted orthotic. Here at Richardson Podiatry Center, we’ll perform a thorough gait analysis and biomechanical scan which will evaluate any problems you have in your gait that contribute to your plantar fasciitis problem."