Orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to correct a variety of foot-related problems including foot pain, knee pain, and lower back pain as well. Common ways that orthotics may address these issues include aligning the feet, relieving pressure on the feet, helping the foot function, supporting the ankle, or reducing the chance for injuries. Orthotics are also often used for patients with plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bunions, flat feet, heel spurs, high arches, and hammertoe. Orthotics can be customized, and a podiatrist can use a variety of methods such as a physical exam, imaging (X-rays, bone scans, MRIs), and observations of your walking pattern to determine the right customizations that are needed for you. Patients who are interested in orthotics should consult with a podiatrist.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Devin Bland, DPM from Prestige Medical Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.
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