Think about your feet for a second. No really, just think about them. Feet are a part of the body that we use every single day. We walk on them, pound on them, twist and turn and sit on them. And yet, other than the cute or functional footwear we buy for them, we don’t think too much about them.
That is, until they refuse to let us ignore them because of the pain they cause us. The pain most commonly associated with the arches and heels of the feet is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a layer of tissue that runs along the arch of the foot between the forefoot and the heel. Due to a variety of factors like poor footwear, naturally high or low arches, weight gain, or varied exercise without proper support, this tissue can shorten and tighten. When you then try to stretch that tissue, like when you step out of bed barefoot in the morning, the result is pain through the arch and heel.
One of the best ways to combat plantar fasciitis is with proper footwear. That said, if the arches of your feet are low or collapsed, even supportive shoes may not be enough. Even if you’re not yet experiencing pain, it’s important to realize that the arches of your feet are the foundation of your body. When the arches don’t have proper support, the ankles tend to roll, the knees twist and the pelvis tilts. All of this from those pesky little feet that we neglect.
The best way to manage plantar fasciitis, or to generally provide good support to your feet, is with a custom orthotic. A custom orthotic is designed to provide support to your specific foot, and can also be moved between different shoes for consistency.
Here are Thrive, we are happy to provide custom orthotics from Sole Supports. They are made from custom casts of your feet and can be made to fit nearly any shoe, cleat, skate or boot. Casting takes only a few minutes and is done in the clinic, and the orthotics only take about a week to get back.