Plantar Fasciitis Treatment With Orthotics


 

Are you looking to find out how much orthotics cost in Melbourne?

At the Pivotal Podiatry Clinic, we understand that orthotics can be expensive, so we don't pressure you to get orthotics.

Instead, our experienced Podiatrists provide a full clinical assessment of your individual foot problems and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

A lot of the time people don't event need orthotics. We will not prescribe orthotics to you if they are unnecessary. - See more at: http://pivotalpodiatry.com.au/tags/orthotics#sthash.owihHfUD.dpuf
Are you looking to find out how much orthotics cost in Melbourne?

At the Pivotal Podiatry Clinic, we understand that orthotics can be expensive, so we don't pressure you to get orthotics.

Instead, our experienced Podiatrists provide a full clinical assessment of your individual foot problems and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

A lot of the time people don't event need orthotics. We will not prescribe orthotics to you if they are unnecessary. - See more at: http://pivotalpodiatry.com.au/tags/orthotics#sthash.owihHfUD.dpuf
Are you looking to find out how much orthotics cost in Melbourne?

At the Pivotal Podiatry Clinic, we understand that orthotics can be expensive, so we don't pressure you to get orthotics.

Instead, our experienced Podiatrists provide a full clinical assessment of your individual foot problems and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

A lot of the time people don't event need orthotics. We will not prescribe orthotics to you if they are unnecessary. - See more at: http://pivotalpodiatry.com.au/how-much-do-orthotics-cost#sthash.yKFrVfXE...

Are you looking to find out if getting Orthotics will help your Plantar Fasciitis?

Our Clinic understands that orthotics can be expensive, therefore we will not pressure you into getting new orthotics.

At your Orthotic Assessment appointment, our experienced Podiatrists will provide a full clinical assessment of your personal foot issue and where necessary recommend as part of a Plantar Fasciitis treatment plan.

Not all people can benefit from wearing orthotics when they suffer from Plantar Fasciitis.

If this isn't the best line of treatment for your feet, we don't prescribe you orthotics.

To book an Orthotic Assessment online please click the button below.


Background Information on Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition.

It is more appropriately called Plantar Fasciosis as research has shown it is rare the plantar fascia is actually inflamed.

It usually presents as consistent pain around the heel and arch and is worse after periods of rest.

Complex biomechanics normally support the foot and act as shock absorbers throughout the gait cycle.

When these mechanics no longer function efficiently, additional stress is placed on the plantar fascia.

Over time, the constant stress and trauma can result in pain that is severe enough to affect the patient’s mobility and activities of daily living.

In more recent years, orthotic inserts are being used a lot more to help patients improve their mechanics, increase shock absorption and reduce their pain.

Podiatrists can offer specific advice regarding the various orthotic options available and what is most appropriate for each individual.

In this article, we shall take a brief look at how orthotics help patients with plantar fasciitis, and how podiatrists can help these patients.

 

How Orthotics Can Help with Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is prone to a great degree of stress due to the variety of movements that occur in the foot and the pressure from body weight.

Over-pronation of the foot, tightness of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle, leg length discrepancy and excessive rotation of the tibia are some of the biomechanical insufficiencies that lead to the development of plantar fasciitis.

Low arch height can also be a contributing factor.

Orthotic devices are designed to reduce and redistribute force and correct biomechanical insufficiencies.

In particular, they help to elevate the arch of the foot, allowing for better shock absorbing capability of the arch. This relieves the stress on the plantar fascia, and can, over time, help relieve pain.


How Podiatrists Prescribe Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis

Podiatrists offer custom designed orthotics to suit the individual patient’s needs.

The process involves a detailed analysis of the foot and ankle, how much movement is available at different joints and the way the foot moves each time it contacts the ground.

This includes assessing the amount of pronation, supination, inversion, eversion and rotation.

An impression of the patient’s foot will be taken using a plaster cast and the orthotic is prescribed based on this impression.

Orthotics can be made from a variety of different materials, dependent on the amount of force required to correct the foot, the activities they will be worn for and the body weight of the individual.


Which Shoes Should You Wear if You Have Plantar Fasciitis?

These days, shoes specifically designed to prevent plantar fascia stress have been developed.

These shoes aim towards maintaining the arch of the foot and providing adequate shock absorption, whilst encouraging efficient movement throughout the gait cycle.

These can offer control by limiting the degree of pronation.


Conclusion on Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Treatment

Foot orthotics are one of the treatment modalities available to help in the management of patients who suffer every day with the pain and distress of plantar fasciitis.

While prefabricated orthotics are available, podiatrists can offer custom made orthotics by expertly assessing the foot and creating an orthotic appropriate for an individuals’ needs.

Different levels of control can be achieved with custom orthotics, helping relieve pain and improve overall motion and alignment.

If you would like to get orthotics for plantar fasciitis treatment, please make an appointment by calling (03) 9939 3339 or book online.

 

 

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Dr Leah WatersWritten by Leah Waters

Leah Waters is a Melbourne Podiatrist and founder of Pivotal Podiatry Clinic. A Melbourne based Podiatry Clinic.

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