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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