When you work hard at your job all day and have responsibilities to address in the evening, it can be hard to make time for staying in shape. May is Employee Health & Fitness Month—a time to encourage you to continue investing in your physical well-being. If you have heel pain, however, it’s even harder to stay motivated to exercise; few things make activities harder than pain does. Orthotics for plantar fasciitis, though, could be the answer to your discomfort and ability to exercise.
Plantar fasciitis usually develops from strain on the plantar fascia over time. The ligament thickens and swells, pulling painfully on the heel bone. As an overuse problem, the condition tends to worsen the longer it goes untreated. One of the ways to reduce the strain and alleviate your discomfort is with orthotics.
There are several different types of orthotics that can be used to manage your discomfort. Which kind will work best for your foot depends on your unique structure and lifestyle habits. Heel pads serve as extra protection for the back of the foot, helping absorb shock and minimizing the pressure put on the heel bone. Heel cups may help maintain the hindfoot’s proper position, also relieving some stress on the plantar fascia. Arch supports stabilize and control the midfoot. This is especially important if you have flat feet or overpronate, since your arch doesn’t absorb shock as efficiently and strains your connective tissues.
If you’re trying to stay active but find you’re staying sidelined by heel pain, you may find relief in orthotics for plantar fasciitis. Supporting and cushioning your feet so they better handle the strain of your activities can make a significant difference and allow you to continue doing what you love. Don’t wait until you’re limping to seek help. Request an appointment from Absolute Foot Care Specialists here in Las Vegas to take care of your heels today. Call (702) 839-2010 or fill out our website request form to reach us.