Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
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The Plantar Fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that sits on the underside of the foot attached to the inside aspect of the heel bone and extends like a band over the sole of the foot to attach to the forefoot. If the Plantar Fascia becomes overloaded it can become inflamed and painful, leading to the development of Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain which is caused by an overload of the fascia through a sudden increase in activity levels or due to a biomechanical overload. It is in these instances that Plantar Fasciitis insoles are beneficial as well-structured medial arch supports on the insoles can reduce the tension of the Plantar Fascia. An element of rigidity is helpful as it distributes force more evenly and doesn’t collapse under body weight.
We generally recommend avoiding cushioned and gel Plantar Fasciitis insoles. They provide temporary pain relief initially but they facilitate extra movement of the foot that can exacerbate the pain in the long term.
James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specializes in foot & ankle injuries. james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com
The best insoles for mild symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis should have a semi-rigid shell to help control the motion of the foot with a medium arch height to offload and shorten the Plantar Fasciitis. Moderate to severe Plantar Fasciitis can need more cushioned insoles as the heel may be too sensitive to tolerate a semi-rigid shell while a deep heel cup helps to control the ankle joint to counteract the additional movement facilitated by a more cushioned insole.
We have created a list of our 3 favorite insoles for different shoes and activities below that we recommend to our patients in our foot clinic.
These are well-structured inserts that are a fantastic option for high heels, work shoes, and tight-fitting shoes due to the thin shell and 1/2 length.
They work well for mild symptoms but for those with a very sensitive heel, they might find them too firm.Buy Now
Dr Scholl’s is a well-known reliable brand for Plantar Fasciitis insoles. Their 3/4 length insoles are a more cushioned insole than the Samurai and therefore work well for a sensitive heel.
They have good arch support and while they are not as slim as the Samurai, they will fit into most casual footwear.Buy Now
The WalkHero is the insoles that we recommend most often for our clients.
Their semi-rigid insoles distribute force evenly in the foot while having moderate arch support, helping to offload the Plantar Fascia.
They work well in running shoes and in casual trainers for Plantar Fasciitis relief.Buy Now