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How can shoe inserts help with plantar fasciitis?

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Also called insoles, arch supports, or orthotics, shoe inserts can give you extra cushion and added support. You can get them over the counter (OTC) or have them custom made. Typically, your results will be just as good, and cheaper, with OTC inserts. When you choose one, firmer is better -- and make sure it has good arch support. You might also see advertisements for magnetic insoles to help with plantar fasciitis. Research has generally shown that these don't work.

From: What Can I Do for My Plantar Fasciitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: "Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

Mayo Clinic.

Medscape: "Plantar Fasciitis Treatment & Management."

The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association: " The integration of acetic acid iontophoresis, orthotic therapy and physical rehabilitation for chronic plantar fasciitis: a case study."

UpToDate: “Plantar Fasciitis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on September 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: "Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

Mayo Clinic.

Medscape: "Plantar Fasciitis Treatment & Management."

The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association: " The integration of acetic acid iontophoresis, orthotic therapy and physical rehabilitation for chronic plantar fasciitis: a case study."

UpToDate: “Plantar Fasciitis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on September 10, 2017

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