Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Most often, the inflammation and pain of plantar fasciitis is where the plantar fascia attaches to the bottom of the heel, although sometimes it can be in the arch as well. The pain, often sharp and intense, is usually most severe with first steps after a period of being off your feet, such as when you first get out of bed in the morning.
Although stretching, physical therapy, and other plantar fasciitis treatments can be helpful, unless the necessary arch support is provided, the plantar fascia will continue to get strained when on your feet, causing interference with healing.
The image to the upper-left shows the foot skeleton with no weight on it: the arch is higher and plantar fascia is relaxed. The image below it shows the foot skeleton with inadequate arch support when your weight is on the foot on a hard flat surface: the foot "spreads" out longer, the arch is flatter and the plantar fascia is stretched tight. When under these conditions for too long, the plantar fascia can become strained causing plantar fasciitis.
Foot Orthotics: Properly designed custom foot orthotics are the best defense in the prevention of plantar fasciitis and provide the most reliable long-term cure for existing conditions.
We use the Sole Supports™ orthotic lab. Unlike typical custom orthotics, ours are designed to completely support the arch of your foot in it's best possible alignment, determined with our unique method of capturing your optimal foot position and precisely calibrating the orthotics to flex the appropriate amount based on your biomechanics, body weight, and activity level. A restored, properly supported arch significantly reduces the daily pull on the plantar fascia by preventing excessive stretch of the fascia. It is the only practical way to address both the symptoms AND the cause of your problem.
Testimonial of former plantar fasciitis sufferer
"My plantar fasciitis hurt so bad, I couldn't play soccer anymore and I could barely walk. I wasn't getting enough exercise as a result and I was gaining weight from being so inactive. I spent a year trying every gizmo, gadget, shoe insert, night splint, heel cup and support sock that I could find on Amazon, but nothing worked. Then I got a pair of custom shoe inserts from Superior Foot Supports and what a difference. I was playing soccer again about a month later and have never had a problem since. The science of how the foot supports work was so obvious once it was explained to me by Dr. Lane. I wish I started here. If you have heel pain from plantar fasciitis, don't waste another minute - I recommend you call Superior Foot Supports today!"