What Footwear Can Help Me with Plantar Fasciitis?

July 14th, 2015

Female Feet Walking Away From Black Heels on FloorWhile several factors can cause the condition, Plano plantar fasciitis patients commonly develop symptoms after extensive walking or running without the right support.

Why?

  • As you move, your feet take impact.
  • Improper footwear creates repetitive stress on specific areas of the foot.
  • This can cause the plantar fascia ligament to overtighten, tear, and become inflamed.

As an experienced podiatrist, Dr. Verville can conduct an examination to determine what might be the source of your condition. She can also advise you about treatment options, including improving the shoes you use and getting specially-designed footwear.

Plano Plantar Fasciitis Patients: Get Support with Every Step

There are three common approaches that you can take to upgrading your footwear…

1. New Shoes

We know. You love your old pair of jogging sneakers, and you’ve broken them in just right to accommodate your feet. However, shoes are much like car tires, in that they only offer so much use before they wear through.

When that happens, your feet—not the shoes—are going to take the brunt of the force with each step. A new pair of the right shoes may give you the support you need to resolve milder symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

2. Inserts

Inserts are typically made of gel, foam, or plastic. They fit inside your shoes and provide additional arch support, heel cushioning, and insole comfort.

Note, however, that inserts are either pre-packed or customized by the manufacturer according to your specifications. Because they have not been created with the guidance of your podiatrist, you may not receive the type of support you need to resolve plantar fasciitis.

3. Prescription Custom Orthotics

Dr. Verville designs custom orthotics for patients in Plano. This footwear supports and adds comfort as you move, matching the contours of your feet and the way that you walk and run.

Typically, Dr. Verville bases the design of your orthotics on her examination and evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs. Functional orthotics help control improper motion, while accommodative orthotics add cushioning and support. In either case, the footwear can alleviate your symptoms, improve your ability to stride properly, and allow your ligament to heal.

Interested in orthotics or other treatments for plantar fasciitis? Plano patients can schedule an appointment with RNV Podiatry by phone at (214) 385-8822 or online.