Heel pain, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis, can be difficult conditions to live with as they can significantly impact daily life. Fortunately, advances in podiatric care have lead to the development of orthotic insoles that provide relief and support for individuals suffering from these problems.
In this article, we take a look at the Ultra Soft Orthotic Insoles developed by Ergonx as well as at how they can be used to manage the above conditions.
Orthotics can be an effective non-surgical intervention for heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
The Ergonx Ultra Soft orthotic is an off-the-shelf orthotic, which means that, compared to a custom-made orthotic, it is more cost-effective. Since it is ready-to-use, it is more affordable and accessible to a wider range of individuals seeking relief from foot and heel pain. The Ultra Soft insole specifically was designed to be an inexpensive option that does not compromise on effectiveness and function.
Designed to target the underlying causes of heel pain
To better understand how the Ultra Soft orthotic works, it is first useful to understand the root causes of heel pain. Conditions, including plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, often arise due to the overloading of the plantar fascia ligament which connects the heel to the toes. This overload can be brought about by factors such as a sudden increase in physical activity or collapsing arches. When the ligament is strained beyond its capacity to heal, inflammation occurs, leading to damage and disease.
The Ultra Soft orthotic is able to provide heel pain relief by addressing the underlying cause. It supports and elevates the arches, thereby reducing strain on the plantar fascia, allowing it to rest and heal. While the orthotic is not a standalone solution, it serves as a valuable aid in conjunction with other treatment modes.
Individuals with flat feet (feet that overpronate) have an increased risk of developing heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
Outstanding support on both sides
The unique design of the Ultra Soft orthotic provides long, high medial arch support as well as reinforcement on the lateral side. Having support on both sides of the foot helps to control and limit excessive pronation (inward rolling) and supination (outwards rolling). Both of these movements can lead to imbalances and misalignments throughout the lower extremities and increase the risk of injury. The orthotic also features a deep heel cup that guides the foot’s natural fatty pad beneath the heel and keeps the foot in a comfortable neutral position.
Cushioning materials for an effortless glide
Partially constructed from polyurethane foam, the Ultra Soft orthotic adds bulkiness to the arch region. This added thickness maintains proper foot alignment. Moreover, its softness cushions the heel and forefoot. Remember that while orthotics can provide pain relief, their use should be accompanied by rest to allow your plantar fascia to heal. Rest is needed to decrease inflammation.
Use them as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan
Proper support for the arch and tackling the underlying mechanical reasons for certain foot conditions are crucial for long-term healing. However, stretching exercises, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications should also be incorporated into the treatment regimen for optimal results. In more severe cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation.
Wearing footwear that fits properly and getting enough rest are both needed for a speedy recovery from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
Orthotic insoles have been repeatedly documented to be an effective tool in the treatment of heel pain. They are meant to provide support, shock-absorption, and stability to the lower extremities, helping to alleviate pain and reduce pressure. Orthotics also maintain correct foot alignment so that their structures can work more efficiently. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional if condition worsens or persists. A podiatrist can help you determine the most suitable orthotic option and help you get you back up and moving again.
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have about the Ergonx Ultra Soft orthotic insoles! Reach out to us at https://www.ergonx.com.au/ if you would also like to learn more about orthotics and overall foot health!