Did you know that one out of every ten Americans experiences symptoms of plantar fasciitis, or pain in their heels or arches? If you step out of bed in the morning and feel pins and needles, shooting pain, or cramping in your feet,foot orthotics may provide the relief you've been looking for.
Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:
- Being female
- Being overweight
- Frequent standing on hard surfaces
- Frequent walking or running
- Abnormal flexibility
- Flat feet
- Exceptionally high arches
Symptoms may, at first, appear temporary. They may display themselves anywhere between the heel and ball of the foot immediately after exercise or long-term walking or standing or after long periods of rest (such as after waking up in the morning). You may depend upon anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, to control your pain. However, many patients find that the orthotics themselves can help alleviate symptoms without relying upon these medications. The good news? This condition is simple to diagnose and treat. For more information on plantar fasciitis and simple stretching techniques from the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society, click HERE.
Stretching may provide temporary relief, but professional orthotics are the best bet. Here at New Hope Prosthetics & Orthotics, we offer coverage on all orthotic devices, including custom-fitted arch supports. Most of our devices are designed and fabricated in-house to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.
In addition to plantar fasciitis, our orthotics help treat other issues or abnormalities in the feet, including heel spurs, metatarsalgia, hammer toes, high arches, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendonitis. Whether your symptoms are chronic or sporadic, we can help. We also offer options for orthopedic shoes, diabetic shoes, and general prosthetics and orthotics.