Plantar Fasciitis, Runners, and Orthotics
As I mentioned in my last post, plantar fasciitis can be caused from overuse. When you run, you place up to 5 times your body weight on the foot with each step. This compares to 1-1.5 times your body weight on your foot with walking. So naturally there are a share of runners out there who develop heel pain, or plantar fasciitis.
Unfortunately, one of the best things you can do to help decrease your pain is one of the last things you may want to do if you run: stop running.
OK. Now that I cant convince you to stop running lets move on.
Do you need custom orthotics? Well that’s a definite maybe. Certainly most of the over the counter supports out there are absolute junk. I have had many, many people waste $50 or more on the Dr. Scholl’s “custom fit orthotics.” These are not custom and most of the time they do not fit. Many times, I will dispense my own OTC supports and for many people these can work out really well as adjunctive therapy for fasciitis. However, if you have a really high arch or you have a severe pronation problem (flatfoot), you may be much better off with a custom device. The best way to tell which treatment is best for you is to come in for an evaluation. Call 352-376-5112 or click here to have us contact you. You really dont have to continue to live with foot pain.