Is there an over-the-counter shoe insert that is effective for plantar fasciitis?

There are a variety. In our office we start with an over-the-counter (otc) insert along with a good stable shoe. There are many, and each can feel a little different. You may have to try several. We use powersteps and spenco orthotics ( the ones with a black plastic arch). Superfeet is another good brand. It is important yo also ice, rest, stretch and avoid barefoot. See your foot specialist if problem persists dr l.
Super feet. Super feet, power steps are made to have more control than most otc orthotics. They will cost more. I would suggest finding a place that sells them but also fits them for you. Usually a higher end running store.
Superfeet. There are dozens of otc arch supports available but most are made of gel or foam and are unable to support your arch when you stand on them. One brand that i recommend to my patients is called "superfeet" (available at rei, nordstrom, and most good running shoe stores like fleet feet). They have a semi-rigid piece of plastic in the arch that can withstand your body weight to give you support.
Inserts. There are compnaies who make otc inserts but they are generic and not custom made which work better.
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I have plantar fasciitis and am looking for a good shoe insert. Any recommendations?

Shoe Inserts. Many different inserts can be of help. Superfeet is one such brand. If off the shelf inserts don't help, custom orthoses from a podiatrist are sometimes needed--these can be expensive and often not covered by health insurance. Best not to go barefoot or wear flipflops. Read more...
Look for the cause. Shoe inserts, heel cups and nocturnal splints can all be used with some success. The other important factors are keeping a healthy weight, balancing the foot intrinsic muscles so there is no excess traction on the plantar fascia. You also need to look at other causes. Sometimes the plantar fasciitis is just a symptom and the actual cause is in the calf or even higher up on the limb. Explore. Read more...
Superfeet. The type of insert that you should get depends on your foot type; whether you have high or low arches and how much you pronate. However, superfeet has a variety of inserts, and some are custom moldable (heat moldable). Custom orthotics are always best, but can be expensive, so i would try the superfeet first. You could also benefit from shoes with a rigid heel counter. Read more...
Powerstep. There are many different kinds of inserts on the market and some are good and some are not so good. When looking for a good insert you want one that can support the arch and not collapse when weight is applied. A couple of brands I have found to be effective are superfeet and powerstep. If you go to http://www.Eastpennfoot.Com/online-store you will find recommended inserts. Read more...
Inserts. The best insert is one that is made for your feet. That means the first right thing to do is see your podiatrist for the real thing - custom orthotics that will incorporate the specific need s of your feet. X rays will be taken , biomechanical evaluation , etc . Read more...

I have plantar fasciitis. My question is do I need to see a foot dr or will an over-the-counter insole work? I am very obese.

Try an insole. You can always try an insole in your shoe along with ice and stretching. If no results make an appointment with a podiatrist. Read more...
See. A foot dr. The otc supports will not be supportive enough to relieve symptoms. Read more...
OTC insoles . Can be tried but don't waste your money if you can pick them up and fold them in your hand as your weight will simply flatten them out. Read more...
Combo treatment. . If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts or orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor). #4: stretching your foot and calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections or eswt if available in your area. Read more...

Can you please recommend some effective shoes for plantar fasciitis that are not athletic?

Look for . Good arch support within the shoe, if it isn't there you can add your own, . Read more...
Shoes. For women a high heeled shoe may help and for men a shoe you can put a heel lift in or heel cup. Custom orthotics can be made for all shoe types. Read more...
Support. Orthotics are a great addition to "professional" shoes. Even when not in an athletic shoe, you want to go for support and stability. Some brands to try (but remember, this is not an exhaustive list, and everyone's feet are different, so these may not work for you): ecco, born, merrell, naturalizer, aerosoles. Read more...

I have plantar fasciitis. Is it better to go to a foot dr for custom insoles or will over-the-counter insoles work as well? I am very obese.

See below. Try the otc insoles first. If they don't seem to help with the discomfort, you may need specially molded orthotics by a podiatrist. Read more...
See below. You can always start with otc orthotics, if they do not help you should see a podiatrist for treatment that may include custom orthotics. Read more...
You can certainly. Try an otc device first. The key is to try and get one that won't flatten out once you step on it. Read more...

Will sleeping in shoes help plantar fasciitis?

No. What you need is a dorsiflexory night splint that will stretch your achilles tendon and your plantar fascia. See a podiatrist and they can help set you up with them. Read more...
No, but... It may result in extreme irritation to the person you are next to. Same for all stretching devices, splints, wraps and orthotics. The last patient I treated for PF had to choose between a painful full bladder and the severe pain of taking 3 steps to the bathroom at night. He no longer uses any devices for PF. Read more...

Will sleeping in tennis shoes help plantar fasciitis?

Night splints. Night splints are commonly used to treat plantar fasciitis. A night splint hold the ankle at a 90 degree angle to provide a constant stretch on the achilles tendon and plantar fascia. High top tennis shoes might work like a night splint . Read more...
Facial band. Sleeping in tennis shoes is very doubtful at resolving plantar fasciitis..... But, it would not hurt you to try...Go ahead....And, then if the issue is not resolved , go see a specialist. Read more...