The bottom of your foot contains a connective band of tissue called the plantar fascia. This band runs from the base of your toes to your heel bone and helps form your arch. It is no exaggeration to say that the plantar fascia is a major component in the support your feet provide your entire body.
When something goes wrong with the plantar fascia, you’re very likely going to feel it. As the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it tightens up, pulling on your heel bone and impacting your arch.
Usually this causes specific scenarios where you may feel pain:
- Your first steps in the morning, or after periods of rest, cause a sharp pain in your heel.
- You have pain along the bottom of your heel after periods of activity, such as running or walking.
- You have heel pain, but it also extends to your arch as well.
How are Custom Orthotics Going to Help Me?
Custom-made orthotics are devices created to specifically contour to the shape of your foot, providing the support you need to not only treat your foot pain, but also prevent your condition from coming back.
This extra support helps ensure your foot moves correctly to reduce tension and pressure on your plantar fascia. This in turn lessens the inflammation you are feeling, effectively decreasing the pain you feel.
To truly ensure your orthotics help, we may also prescribe some stretching routines to help strengthen your foot. We may also provide a night brace to help keep your plantar fascia from tightening up and tugging on your heel while you sleep.