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The plantar fascia is a dense, fibrous membrane which forms a strong mechanical tie between the heel and toes. The plantar fascia maintains the arch of the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia and usually occurs due to repetitive stress. It is most commonly seen in people who are active in walking, standing and especially running. Occasionally, Plantar Fasciitis occurs in people who have had an acute injury to the area, a change in footwear, or a change in weight. The plantar fascia is sometimes pulled away from the bone and the body will deposit bone to repair the area. The bone deposit or heel spur is often seen on an x-ray and is a sign of the underlying problem.   Read about the range of treatments, or specifically about Foot Orthotics.

Plantar Fasciitis, also known as heel pain syndrome, is the inflammation of the plantar fascia. It usually starts as a dull, intermittent pain in the heel area and may progress to a sharp, constant pain. Typically, Plantar Fasciitis pain is worse in the morning or during the first few steps of an activity and may ease initially and then worsen throughout the day.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Heel pain and/or arch pain, especially when first standing after a period of rest
  • Swollen heel
  • Bony spur on x-ray

Contributing Factors

  • Overpronation or flat feet
  • Over-supination or rigid feet
  • Poor footwear
  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Obesity or sudden weight gain
  • Overuse, prolonged standing

Treatment is based on a correct diagnosis by the physician. Read more about Treatments


Plantar Fasciitis - a pain in the foot from Custom Orthotic Design Group


I just wanted to let you know - for the first time in months and months - I am able to go for a long, long walk - because my feet are not killing me anymore!!! I am not limping at work any more either!!! Thanks so much - I feel great! Even walking 8 blocks back to the car after the last appointment with them in my shoes - I could have done a tap dance all the way - the change was so drastic!
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When I saw Jim, it was for two appointments for braces he put in my shoes (that he had made recommendations about). I could walk and keep shoes on all day and I was not walking off balance. He was amazing. He took time to talk to me and explain things. My husband had gone to Jim for years for foot orthotics . I would recommend Jim to anyone.
- Ms L.M. -
I am so greatful that the heel lift for my right shoe has been so helpful. I am in less pain when I walk, I can now stand straighter, on both legs at the same time when I stand still. I should have done it a lot sooner!
- Ms. D.T -
I am a person with polio in my left leg. I 've been using Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. for many years. Their service is great and friendly, they know what they are doing. I am really happy with their services.
- Mr. K.N. -
Custom Orthotics has always stood behind their product. They have always treated me with kindness and dignity. Whenever there is an issue, they have repaired it right away. Friendliness is their top priority. The product is 10/10. I can't say enough and I find there is never any negative comments. I have been with Custom Orthotics since 1998.
- Mr. F.H. -
The whole process was very positive, Custom Orthotic Design Group answered all of my questions and responded to my concerns in a professional pleasant manner. I highly recommend that anyone requiring any form of custom made orthotic from a simple shoe insert to a sophisticated support such as my CROW walker consider Custom Orthotic Design Group.
- Mr. MB -
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