Plantar fasciitis - do I really need an orthotic to treat it?

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3/30/2014 11:19 AM
Very well stated. I had plantar fasciitis issues for about a year. I can say that the relief you get is not directly related to the money spent. I tried custom ($325) orthotics and was less than happy with them. Eventually I found that orthotic sandals ($40-50) worn indoors instead of going barefoot helped tremendously. Now I use an off-the-shelf orthotic insert that eliminates my heel pain; much better than the custom ones and it was only about $70. Everyone's condition is unique, and its best to go about treating it conservatively at first.
3/31/2014 2:33 PM
Hi Randy,
Thanks for posting.  I don't mean to dis Rx orthotics because I think in the right cases they can be a valuable tool.  There can be a lot of science that goes into making a custom pair of inserts.

On the other hand, we have a local store in the mall that sells a stock insert to customers for $400.  I feel really bad for folks when I see them in the office after they bough in.