Types of Heel Pain Custom Orthotics Can Address

By providing support and cushioning precisely where it’s needed, custom orthotics and shoe inserts can help patients overcome heel pain and discomfort caused by various conditions, including:

  • Heel spurs. Bony calcium deposits that form on the base of the heel bone, this painful podiatric problem can be caused by poorly-fitting shoes, plantar fasciitis, and other issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis. A common overuse injury characterized by inflammation or damage to the plantar fascia—the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes—plantar fasciitis can cause pain in the heel that’s worst in the morning.
  • Flat feet. Structural abnormalities, like having little to no arch on the inner side of the foot, can increase pressure on the heel and other areas, resulting in pain when standing, walking, or running.
  • Achilles tendonitis. Inflammation or injury to the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, causes a condition known as Achilles tendonitis. Symptoms include pain and tenderness just above the heel.

How Custom Orthotics Compare to Over-the-Counter Inserts and Prefabricated Insoles

It’s no secret that over-the-counter insoles and inserts are less expensive than their custom counterparts. However, when it comes to successfully relieving heel pain, custom orthotics offer superior results.

The inserts and insoles available in stores and online are mass-produced in a few select sizes designed to fit as many people as possible. Though they may provide some support and cushioning, they can’t provide the precise support, cushioning, and stability needed to effectively correct structural abnormalities and other conditions causing your heel pain.

When to See Our Central Maryland Podiatrists for Heel Pain

When heel pain fails to improve with rest, over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, and footwear changes, a podiatrist can provide answers and solutions for relief. Get world-class care for heel pain at our conveniently located offices in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie.

Eric Harmelin, DPM
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Experienced Amputation Prevention Specialist and Podiatrist in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie, MD.