Hard or soft orthotics for plantar fasciitis: Which is better?

Biocorrect, LLC


Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain and inflammation in the band of tissue along the sole of your foot. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience stabbing pain and discomfort when you walk, stand, and even when you're resting. If you're suffering from plantar fasciitis, you might be wondering about different kinds of treatments like orthotics. Orthotics are inserts that fit inside your shoes to provide support to different parts of your feet.

How can orthotics help with plantar fasciitis?

  • Reduced pain One study found a 62% improvement in people who had used orthotics for a year, compared to only 48% with an alternative method.
  • Higher quality of life — Orthotics can lessen the suffering and disability caused by plantar fasciitis. This can let those affected spend more time on what they enjoy.
  • Prevention — Custom foot orthotics can benefit patients by treating and preventing plantar fasciitis.

  • Types of orthotics

    Most cases of plantar fasciitis do not require surgery, so noninvasive treatments like orthotics are generally recommended. However, navigating the options can be tricky. Some are advertised as hard or soft orthotics, but what does that mean?

    Hard orthotics provide a rigid, stable foundation that helps to distribute your weight evenly across your feet. This can be especially beneficial for people with flat feet or high arches, as it helps to correct any imbalances in the way that you walk. On the other hand, soft orthotics offer a softer, more flexible foundation that conforms to the shape of your feet.

    Feet are like fingerprints: unique to every person. As such, your feet need orthotics tailored to your needs and preferences. Hard or soft orthotics that are not customized to your feet are like one-size-fits-all shoes. While they may provide some support, they will probably not match the exact feel and function you are looking for. For a treatment to be effective, it should be flexible for every patient. The ideal orthotic takes the best of the hard and soft types to treat your specific needs.

    Biocorrect custom orthotics can address the symptoms of plantar fasciitis

    Ready for a plantar fasciitis treatment that can meet your individual needs? Unlike the competition, Biocorrect orthotics are made to fit you instead of making you fit them. This lends them to be naturally supportive of your feet. When you visit our office, our highly experienced team will be ready to help you get the in-depth foot treatment you deserve.

    Contact us to learn more about the orthotics we offer or to set up an initial evaluation with one of our certified pedorthists.