Plantar Heel Cups

Plantar heel is what some call plantar fasciitis. But this page is about plantar fasciitis heel cups, a specific tool for protecting the heel when recovering from plantar fasciitis. Other products for healing this problem include:

Heel cups are a uniqe product that can be used in conjunction with arch supports or simply by themselves. If you’d like to look into these simple devices, here are a few we recommend:

Sol Step slip-on heel cup

Sol Step heel cup

Sol Step heel cup

We chose to mention the Sol Step heel cup first because it seems the most serious piece of equipment when it comes to heel cups. You literally pull this one on like an open toe sock. The sleeve design holds a gel pad in place beneath your heel so it never moves. You can even wear this one with or without shoes. More facts:

The sleek sleeve design fits most shoes (even backless ones, like clogs) and slippers. A gel pad positioned in the heel absorbs shock and can provide cold therapy to help reduce soreness. Place in the freezer for an hour then slip the stocking onto the foot for five to 10 minutes of cooling treatment. Helps ease heel pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, fat pad contusion and calcaneal stress. Order by shoe size.

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HTP Heel Seats

HTP Heel Seats (heel cups)

HTP Heel Seats (heel cups)

These heel seats feature a “Fasciitis Bar” that applies acupressure directly beneath the part of the foot where the heel meets the arch. HTP Heel Seats offer cost effective relief for heel pain, redistributing the heel’s natural fat pad and actually increasing its density and heel cushioning ability.

Fasciitis Bar helps re-stretch the plantar fascia and provides natural structural reinforcement to prevent collapse of the midfoot. Applies continuous, localized acupressure directly beneath the heel pain hot-spot.

Caution: Not recommended for those with diabetes or those with poor circulation.

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Silipos Heel Cushions

Silipos heel cushions (heel cups)

Silipos heel cushions (heel cups)

This is why we put these Silipos heel cushions A widely published medical study indicates that high-performance silicone heel cushions often relieve sore, aching heels more effectively than expensive orthotics. These durable, medical-grade silicone heel cushions absorb forces that aggravate heel pain and put an extra load on joints. Extra-soft, anatomically correct blue silicone insert adds even more relief where it’s needed most.on the list:

As a cost effective alternative or low-cost option, these heel cusions might be a good first step.

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Tuli Heavy Duty Heel Cups

Tuli Heavy Duty Plantar Heel Cup

Tuli Heavy Duty Plantar Heel Cup

Here’s another gel option. The Tuli Heavy Duty heel cup combines a clear polymer gel with a waffle design. That gives you two different forms of shock absorption. While I’m certainly not going to say whether it’s any better than the previous heel cup, it does seem to offer a little something ”extra.” Of course, I don’t know whether the gel is better than silicone or if there’s any real difference.

Here’s what else they say: Clear polymer gel molds to the shape of your heel for a custom fit. The heel cup fits easily in athletic or work shoes.

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Spenco Inserts, Arch Supports and Heel Cups

Spenco Inserts, Arch Supports and Heel Cups

Spenco Inserts, Arch Supports and Heel Cups

Many of the people my wife met who also suffered with plantar fasciitis claimed they wouldn’t use anything but Spenco products. While my wife never tried Spenco so we can’t say if they work or not, there has to be a reason we ran into so much loyalty.

Here’s a link to a complete list of Spenco inserts, arch supports and heel cups so you can see for yourself what they offer…

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