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Are Orthotic Shoes and Insoles Truly Necessary?

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 5/6/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Do you need to invest hundreds of dollars for customized insoles? Not typically, because our selection of prefabricated orthotic insoles as well as ArchCrafters’ revolutionary technology of more affordable customized insoles should fix any foot pain or foot/leg problems.

What are Custom Foot Orthotics?

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 4/8/2014 to Plantar Fasciitis Information
Customized foot orthotics are custom-made to fit your foot’s unique shape and size in a standing position. They are meant to replace existing replaceable insoles in shoes if you suffer from an atypical gait, flat feet, pronated feet, supinated feet, unstable feet, or diabetes. Also great for athletes and runners!

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 1/23/2014 to Plantar Fasciitis Information
Do you suffer from heel pain? It might be plantar fasciitis. Learn more about this common sports injury and treatment options!

New Plantar Fasciitis Category

Posted by Nicole on 9/20/2010 to Plantar Fasciitis Information
If you haven't noticed yet, we are currently developing a section of the site that dedicated to Plantar Fasciitis! That's right! We want to provide you with information about the condition, ways to treat and products that will help. Stop by and check them out: Plantar Fasciitis They are a work in progress but we hope that you will find what you are looking for to treat your Plantar Fasciitis.

SuperFeet Insoles and Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Nicole on 4/21/2009 to Plantar Fasciitis Products

Plantar Fasciitis help with SuperFeet Insoles

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and possibly small tears of the plantar fascia ligament that attaches to the heel bone on the bottom of the foot. The ligament / tendon extends to the forefoot or metatarsal area of the foot. This ligament is very much like a guitar string when it is pulled tight.

Plantar fasciitis not only creates pain in the heel region of the foot; it can cause arch pain. It can be triggered by a number of different situations.

One of the most common situations that triggers plantar fasciitis is over-pronation within the foot. If the foot pronates, collapses and elongates it actually pulls on this ligament and stretches it. It is this pulling motion and stretching motion that takes place in the 8,000 to 12,000 steps we take per day. As we walk, that puts stress on the plantar fascia ligament and triggers it to become inflamed and possibly start to tear.

There are certainly other situations that can trigger plantar fasciitis, like wearing a shoe that may not be the right shape, or offer the right amount of support, or certain types of impacts to the bottom of the foot. Those impacts may put pressure on the plantar fascia ligament causing it to become bruised or stressed.

Plantar fasciitis is commonly treated with a footbed or orthotic in the beginning to try to stabilize the bone structure of the foot so that the plantar fascia ligament can stay more relaxed and undue stress is not put on the ligament.

It is very important in plantar fasciitis situations to wear a very good, stable shoe that offers the foot support. More importantly, it needs to have a very good, supportive footbed or orthotic. It will help the foot function properly with minimal amount of stress on the foot.

Superfeet does not claim that it can cure plantar fasciitis. There are many different variables involved with each individual such as how far along the plantar fasciitis is, where it is located within the ligament and all the other variables such as shoes, environment, body weight, range of motion within the foot and the amount of time the individual spends standing, running or working on their feet.

SuperFeet Insoles are certainly an excellent place to start the healing process.

Using Night Splints to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Nicole on 1/5/2009 to Plantar Fasciitis Products

Wearing a Night Splint on your foot while you sleep, may seem like an uncomfortable proposition. But with a few nights of getting used to it, and the relief of pain the next day, you may soon find yourself looking forward to donning that splint the following nights.

Plantar Fasciitis night splints are a cumbersome device for pain relief from plantar fasciitis. A night splint is a brace that attaches to not only the foot, but also the ankle and the lower leg and is worn at night when you go bed. Its intended purpose is to stretch the plantar fascia ligament while you sleep.

The treatment of plantar fasciitis can include a number of options, including night splints. Other treatment options include exercises designed to stretch the plantar fascia ligament, ice massaging of the inflamed area, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, as well as shoe inserts/orthotics. Needless to say an individual must review each of the methods for alleviating the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis; each offers a different level of treatment and blends into your lifestyle differently. Nevertheless, the most commonly used methods, and among the most effective, are night splints and orthotic shoe inserts.

Both night splints and plantar fasciitis orthotics serve the same function and are intended to treat similar heel pain causing conditions. Conditions that these devices treat are plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, and pronation. Both these devices are supported by doctors, and both offer substantial relief from pain. However, they are very different in many aspects and those suffering from heel pain should consider their differences carefully before spending money on a product that does not fit their needs.

Plantar fasciitis night splints allow stretching of the calf and plantar fascia while you sleep, which is intended to minimize stress on the inflamed area on the foot. Some findings have claimed that night splints have helped reduce initial pain after getting out of the bed in the morning; however, there is no conclusive medical research that can prove this. Additionally, night splints cannot provide the support stretching of the plantar fascia ligament that is needed throughout the day while one is on their feet trying to work, exercise, and maintain their everyday routines.

In addition to plantar fasciitis night splints, orthotic shoe inserts are also widely used. This product is much smaller, much simpler, and much easier to use. Simply place the orthotic in your shoe and let it go to work, physically re-stretching the plantar fascia ligament and alleviating pain, while also facilitating complete healing of the inflamed area. Widely recommended by star athletes and doctors alike, this product has a proven success rate and is also much more affordable than night splints.

Plantar Fasciitis and Shoes Go Hand in Hand

Posted by Nicole on 9/24/2008 to Plantar Fasciitis Products

Plantar Fasciitis and Shoes go hand in hand. Sometimes bad shoes cause Plantar Fasciitis and other times plantar fasciitis shoes are worn for treatment of plantar fasciitis. Shoes can take a serious toll on your feet and lead to several painful conditions, including plantar fasciitis. Although they can do serious damage, particularly to athletes, there are ways to reverse the injury that improper footwear can cause and prevent further stints of plantar fasciitis.

Bad shoes lead to plantar fasciitis for several reasons. Often times, exercise can be the culprit of plantar fasciitis since the repetitive stress of running and other activities can cause tears and inflammation to develop in the plantar fascia ligament. Further, additional stress can be placed on the fascia as a result of bad shoes. Sometimes exercise is done with shoes that do not provide the right fit. In addition, these shoes often lack the proper cushioning, particularly in the heel and forefoot, and do not provide the adequate amount of structural support around the arch and mid-foot. With the improved cushioning and support of good athletic shoes, strain on the heel and throughout the foot during exercise can be significantly reduced, helping to prevent plantar fasciitis. However, finding the right shoe for your foot can be difficult and expensive and often Supportive Insoles are a quick and economic fix.

Some plantar fasciitis shoes available are designed to treat the condition without any addition devices. These shoes have a plantar fasciitis treatment method designed in the actual sole of the shoe, allowing you to fight the condition without having to use addition methods. These shoes however have several drawbacks. First, by having an all-in-one shoe with a plantar fasciitis treatment design built-in you become limited. There are only a handful of styles and manufacturers that offer this type of shoe which seriously limits the amount of styles and looks available. In addition, these shoes have a serious draw back when it comes to affordability. In many cases, these shoes can cost over $100 without guarantee of successful treatment. This is why so many people turn to Insoles to treat their discomfort. Most shoes can be easily modified to prevent or treat your plantar fasciitis with Supportive Insoles.

In addition to costly orthopedic plantar fasciitis shoes, there are full orthotic shoe inserts available that are intended to treat conditions of heel pain. Orthotics are among the best ways to treat the pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis and can simply be inserted into any pair of shoes. Although there are many shoe inserts available that claim to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis, few have actual guarantees against such pain. Because there are so many manufactures of full orthotic shoe inserts available, it can often be confusing when choosing the one that is right for you. Be careful when choosing an orthotic that promises nothing more than added support and comfort. These are not plantar fasciitis shoe inserts and merely make the thin soles of current shoes more comfortable, but do not provide a long term treatment and pain relief from plantar fasciitis.

There are effective and more affordable alternatives to plantar fasciitis shoes that can still deliver the ease of shoe insert. The right orthotic shoe inserts are devices that can seriously improve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis and help to prevent plantar fasciitis in the long term. Orthotic Arch Supports are a treatment method that provides lasting relief while costing much less than orthopedic plantar fasciitis shoes.

Ordinary athletic shoes, although a necessary component in plantar fasciitis prevention, are not designed to reverse the conditions of plantar fasciitis once it develops. Orthotic Insoles have several treatment features that ordinary athletic shoes do not provide. For example, HTP Heel Seats feature a patented Fascia Bar, which applies acupressure to the plantar fascia, stretching it and reducing pain and inflammation while you move. In addition, athletic shoes do not provide the necessary structural support around the heel to curb the effects of a current incidence of plantar fasciitis. Without being able to treat the key problem areas, shoes alone cannot heal plantar fasciitis in the long term like Orthotic Arch Supports.

Sick of Orthopedic Shoes and Insoles? Sole understands your frustration and developed a sandal that combines the technology of an orthotic insole with the comfort of a sport sandal in their new Sole Platinum Sandal line. These sandals mold to your foot while supporting your heel, arch, and ball-of-foot for versatile comfort and support.