Frequently asked questions

Is plantar fasciitis the same thing as a heel spur?

Not technically. These two conditions are often related because heel spurs can actually be one of the causes of Plantar Fasciitis. Since the symptoms can feel the same. Heel spurs are sometimes misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis, but they are two distinct conditions that need to be treated differently. A heel spur is a calcium deposit that causes a build-up of bony tissue on the bottom of the heel bone. Sometimes, a heel spur is completely painless. But other times, it can get intertwined with and pull on the plantar fascia, which can be painful. If that is the case, you need to resolve the heel spur before you can get some resolution to the Plantar Fasciitis. Interestingly, a heel spur can form over time when a tight plantar fascia pulls on the bone, causing the bone to react by building a calcium deposit. In this case we also need to resolve the heel spur first. This is why an accurate diagnosis is so important when treating Plantar Fasciitis.

How long does plantar fasciitis take to heal?

Healing usually takes two to six months. Shapecrunch Orthotic inserts and Arch Support Sandals are highly recommended, not only to support the plantar fascia and allow it to heal, but to prevent recurrence of the pain once the fascia has healed.

Can Plantar Fasciitis Come Back?

Wearing Shapecrunch’s custom orthotics and Orthopaedic Sandals, and with exercise, pain definitely is relieved and plantar fasciitis usually doesn’t come back. However do change your custom insoles every one year to ensure it’s made according to the changes in your biomechanics.

Can I still wear heels if I have plantar fasciitis?

Depends on the cause of plantar fasciitis. If its not because of flat feet, you may wear heels ocassionally.

Can I Still Run With Plantar Fasciitis?

Depends on the heel pain you have. Indeed, many runners continue to run with their symptoms. If you are going to run, then you need to take extra care of your feet. Stretching should already be a fundamental part of your exercise regimen, but even more so with PF. Ensure that you stretch both feet; this can help to prevent PF from developing or from worsening.

Can I run with Orthotics treatment For Plantar Fascitis?

Yes, first start wearing custom orthotics for 2 hours daily for walking and slowly increase activity and time. Orthotics help in redistribution of pressure, but real judge is you. If there’s still no reduction in pain, get in touch with orthotic provider.

Can I Exercise When I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Depends on pain you have. Exercises, which can strengthen your Knees, Gluteus and Calf will have positive effectnnLimit any exercise that stresses your foot until the condition is completely healed. Instead of placing stress on the foot, switch to exercise that stretches and tones the foot and leg instead, such as step-climbing.