Plantar fasciitis is a common and often debilitating condition affecting the heel and arch of the foot. Characterized by sharp, stabbing pain, particularly with the first steps in the morning, plantar fasciitis can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life. One of the most effective treatments for this condition when combined with a stretching regimen is the use of custom orthotics. Custom orthotics can alleviate plantar fasciitis pain by improving biomechanical foot function and enhancing overall comfort.

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes, becomes inflamed. This inflammation is often due to excessive strain and stress on the fascia, which can be caused by factors such as:

  • Overuse: Prolonged standing, walking, or running, especially on uneven surfaces such as sand.
  • Foot Structure: Both flat feet and high arches alike may experience plantar fasciitis secondary to the abnormal biomechanics of the foot with walking.
  • Improper Footwear: Shoes that lack proper support or cushioning, or shoes that are worn out are a frequent cause for plantar fasciitis.
  • Age: Individuals between 40 and 60 are at higher risk.

Why Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts tailored to the unique shape and needs of your feet. Unlike over-the-counter inserts, custom orthotics are created based on a detailed assessment by our podiatrists, ensuring a perfect fit, optimal function, and support. Here is why they are beneficial for treating plantar fasciitis:

1. Improved Foot Alignment

Abnormal foot biomechanics, such as overpronation or supination, can exacerbate stress along the plantar fascia, leading to the development of plantar fasciitis. Custom orthotics correct these alignment issues, promoting improved gait and reducing undue stress on the plantar fascia.

 2. Enhanced Shock Absorption

Walking and running generate significant impact forces that can aggravate plantar fasciitis, especially in individuals with high arches. Our custom orthotics incorporate materials designed to absorb shock, provide cushioning to the heel, and reduce the impact on the plantar fascia with each step.

3. Personalized Fit

Every foot is unique, and off-the-shelf insoles may not address individual needs effectively. By failing to address the individual needs of the foot, plantar fasciitis symptoms can be exacerbated. We craft our custom orthotics based on a thorough examination, which includes a physical assessment, gait analysis, and digital foot scans. This personalized approach ensures that the orthotics fit perfectly, providing maximum comfort and efficacy.

4. Durability and Longevity

We make our custom orthotics from high-quality materials designed to last longer than generic insoles. While they may require a higher initial investment, their durability and tailored fit make them a cost-effective solution in the long run.

5. Insurance Coverage

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on insoles from the drug store that don’t work, you may have coverage for custom orthotics with your commercial insurance carrier. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that often allows for commercial insurance to cover the up-front costs of the orthotics, especially after failing other conservative treatments. Check with your plan to see if you may qualify.

How Custom Orthotics Are Made

The process of creating custom orthotics involves several steps:

  • Consultation: Our podiatrists evaluate your foot structure, walking pattern, and specific symptoms. An x-ray will be taken at the time of your visit to identify musculoskeletal abnormalities that can be aided with custom orthotics.
  • Foot Impressions: Detailed impressions of your feet are taken using our 3D scanning technology. This is a quick and painless process that captures the arches of the feet, as well as high-pressure points.
  • Design and Fabrication: The 3D scans are then used to design orthotics that address your unique needs. Advanced materials and technology ensure precision and quality!
  • Fitting: Once fabricated, the orthotics are fitted to ensure they provide the intended support and comfort. Be sure to bring your running shoes, or any other shoes you plan to wear the orthotics in. The orthotic often requires some trimming for proper fit!
  • Follow-up: Regular check-ups may be needed to assess the effectiveness of the orthotics and make any necessary adjustments. While we do our best to get it right, sometimes an orthotic needs to be modified. We like to follow-up after one month of use to ensure yours are working successfully and without issues!

Integrating Orthotics into Your Routine

Wearing custom orthotics may require a brief adjustment period. Here are some tips for a smooth transition:

  • Gradual Use: Start by wearing the orthotics for a few hours each day, gradually increasing the duration as your feet adjust. We recommend one hour on the first day of use, two hours on the second day of use, and so on, until you are able to wear the orthotics for a full day of activities. Wait at least two weeks before wearing the orthotics to exercise!
  • Appropriate Footwear: Ensure your shoes can accommodate the orthotics comfortably. Shoes with removable sock-liner or insoles are ideal. Typically, the shoe must have a back to hold the orthotic in place, but there are some sandals with removable footbeds that can accommodate your new orthotic. If you are considering purchasing new shoes, we recommend waiting to do this until after you pick-up your custom orthotics so you can try the shoe on with your new orthotic in place.
  • Consistency: Wear your orthotics consistently, especially during activities that put stress on your feet. After you have completed your break-in period, we want you to wear them as much as you can! This will provide you with the most benefit from the orthotics.


Custom orthotics are a powerful tool in the treatment of plantar fasciitis, offering targeted support, improved alignment, and enhanced comfort. By addressing the root causes of the condition, custom orthotics can help you regain your mobility and enjoy a pain-free life. If you are struggling with plantar fasciitis, consult with one of our podiatrists today to explore whether custom orthotics are the right solution for you. Your feet will thank you!

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