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Factory made orthotics
The mass manufactured insoles, which are commonly called orthotics, are widely used to treat heel problems. They are a hard, stiff orthotic that is not made for any specific foot type. While they may give you some arch support, these orthotics are not designed to correct your foot alignment.
One of the more common treatments for heel pain is to use a prescription heel orthotic. Prescription orthotics, unlike the factory made ones,have an inclined wall that is built into the rear of it. This wall acts directly when your heel hits the floor creating a change in your heel area that will then change your arch angle.
Why are prescription orthotics better for treating your heel pain?
The mass manufactured orthotics don’t start working until your heel hits the floor and your foot becomes fully flat. It is at this point that the orthotic will alter your arch profile. The problem here is that your heel has already had that inward or outward twist. This means that you are still getting those torsional twists, either underneath or at the back of your heel,causing problems with the Achilles tendon or conditions like Severs.
Prescription orthotics support your foot as soon as it hits the floor to help you avoid these problems.
Don’t suffer from heel pain any longer. Call us at the Heel Clinic on 1300 855 853 or see our website at www.heelclinic.com.au. If you’ve enjoyed this blog you might like to check out our next blog on Achilles tendon pain and how it can be treated.
The Plantar Fascia is a densely packed, fibrous structure, which is inelastic and runs under the foot from the heel bone all the way forward, to connect into the toes. Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation in this connective tissue band and is one of the most common causes of pain on the bottom of the heel.
Through excess stress and strain, stretching of this structure can occur, which may lead to little micro-tears in it that in turn can cause inflammation. The condition tends to be brought on by prolonged periods of time on one’s feet, excessive exercise, or sometimes from carrying more weight or compensating when experiencing tight calf muscles.
A spur is a condition caused by excess bone growth. They can occur in many places on the body, such as on the wrists, shoulders, elbows, knees and the heels.
A heel spur develops as the result of repetitive strain,when a soft tissue structure, ligament or tendon is pulling on its bone insertion. Over time, calcification builds up and the area develops a heel spur.
The heel spurs themselves don’t actually cause the pain. That is caused by the inflammation in the tissue and surrounding structures, not the heel spur. Many people who suffer from plantar fasciitis also have heel spurs and may incorrectly assume that the spurs are the cause of their pain when, in fact, it could be because of an inflamed Plantar Fascia.
If you need to know more about treatments or how to deal with heel spurs or Plantar Fasciitis, please contact us on 1300 855 853 or see our website at www.heelclinic.com.au
Plantar Fasciitisis a multi-factorial problem as it can come about in a variety of ways. Essentially, medicine it is caused when the foot structure rolls in or collapses a bit too much, towards the instep side.
Other issues like having tight calf muscles or being overweight can add to it; but the main cause is in the foot structure itself.
The foot structure
The main part of the problem of Plantar Fasciitis is found in the structure of the foot.
There are three segments to the foot: the rear, arch and toe segments. The rear foot(heel area) is the most complex segment of the foot. A lot of people think the arch would be the most complex because it has so many little joints. But it is the rear foot that is the more complex segment.
Inside that rear segment of the foot are two major joints:One is the ankle; and deeper inside the rear segment is the Subtalar Joint.The entire weight of your body sits on that rear foot segment for the majority of the time you are on your feet.
The main cause of Plantar Fasciitis
Quite often, when the rear foot segment rolls in, it will drag the ankle and subtalar joints of the foot down alongside it and, in turn, the foot elongates and over stretches the fascial structure.
The Plantar Fascia,an inelastic ligament structure that runs under the foot from the heel to the toes, is not designed to have too much stretch and strain put onto it. So when these stresses happen they can lead to micro-tearing of the ligament, which in turn will cause inflammation of the ligament and structure.
Each case has its own variations. So if we can help you assess, treat or better understand howto help your feet to be in good condition, please do call on 1300 855 853 and arrange to come in for an appointment. We can assess what you might need on an individual basis and help get you get back up and running!