Plantar fasciitis is an annoying and all-too-common source of foot pain. Fortunately, the best orthotics for plantar fasciitis are a great solution that can help decrease your day-to-day pain.
According to Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, a foot and ankle specialist with Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Southern California, orthotics for plantar fasciitis should have soft padding, as well as slight cupping around the side of the heel cup.
His advice: “While the amount of the arch support needed will depend on the patient’s foot anatomy (i.e., whether you have a flat foot versus a high arch), for the average person, a medium volume support along the arch best incorporates comfort and support. I often recommend patients avoid insoles that are hard, as they may push on the plantar fascia or along the arch and cause more discomfort.”
When shopping for orthotics, it’s also important to consider the type of shoes you’ll be wearing with the insoles. Most orthotics are designed to fit inside athletic or casual shoes, but if you’re in need of ones to fit inside high heels or narrow dress shoes, you will want to look for one with a more slender profile that's also smaller in width.