Find Out If Orthotics Could Help Your Feet
If you spend your days distracted by your aching feet, you are not alone. Foot pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit a podiatrist or get referred to a podiatrist by their primary care doctors. Aching, throbbing and painful feet make it difficult to do everyday activities, such as standing up when you awaken in the morning or stepping down from a stair step. Perhaps friends or your primary care doctor has recommended that you consider orthotics. Also called orthoses or orthopedic footwear, these are devices that slide into your shoes.
Types of Orthotics
There are several types of orthotics that offer support to aching arches, sore heels and tender areas on the balls of the feet. ProTech full-length orthotic inserts, Cadence EX and Essence insoles are designed for people who have plantar fasciitis and pain in multiple areas of the foot. Powerstep SlimTech three-quarter length inserts are another option for people who have heel and arch pain. Fashion shoes, such as high heels and pumps, are known for causing many foot problems and foot pain in women. Women’s Fashion medium and high orthotic inserts support the arch and cushion the ball of the foot. There are also half-length heel supports and arch inserts for people who primarily have heel pain, and they are made by Soul Insole.
You might be surprised to learn that adults are not the only ones with foot pain. Kids can have it, too. Active children may develop pain in their arches, heels or balls of their feet when they play sports. A child born with a very high arch may have pain even after playing on the playground during school recess. The PowerKids 3/4 pediatric orthotics provides support for children with high foot arches and foot pain.
In addition to these ready-made orthotics, Dr. Reingold, our podiatrist, can create customized orthotics. These are medical-grade devices tailor-made for your feet. We take three-dimensional images and use CAD technology in order to create orthotics that are formed to fit your feet perfectly. If you’ve had orthotics in the past and used them a lot, they might be worn-out. Those orthotics could be refurbished in order to restore comfort to your feet.
What Orthotics Do
The pain you feel in your feet is usually a result of too much pressure. That pressure might result from the shape of your foot, the types of shoes you wear or how much time you spend on your feet every day. The purpose of orthotics, whether they are ready-made or custom-made, is to relieve pressure from the sore areas of your feet. If you have plantar fasciitis because of high arches, a durable arch support can help reduce pressure on the plantar fascia and supporting tissues. Inflammation in the ball of the foot can be lessened by adding cushioning with full-length orthopedic insoles. Orthotics can also be paired with our expert shoe-fitting services. If you’re wearing the wrong size of shoes, getting the right size of footwear and the support where you need it could relieve your pain.
Conditions Helped by Orthotics
Many people are quick to grab a pair of generic shoe inserts from a store shelf. You might have done this, too. Chances are good that you did not get the relief you desired. This could be due to the condition that you have. There are four specific foot conditions that benefit the most from pre-made and custom orthotics. Those include:
• Plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia. This is a long, thick band of connective tissue that connects to your heel and ball of your foot. It runs along the arch. High arches, high-heeled shoes and intense activity often lead to inflammation. Metatarsalgia is inflammation in the ball of your foot. Arthritis can happen at any of the dozens of joints in your foot and toes. If you have one of these conditions, regular checkups and evaluations of your orthotics are key to maintaining pain relief.
Orthotics Might Help With These Conditions
Orthotic shoe inserts might help you if you have other foot problems, but there is no guarantee. If you have knee pain, shin splints, Achilles tendinitis or bunions, orthotics might help. You need an in-person evaluation in order to get the right shape, fit and material of orthotics.
Why the Right Podiatrist Makes All the Difference
You’ve probably seen the foot scanner machine at the pharmacy or grocery store, but they are no substitute for a hands-on examination by a podiatrist who looks at your feet, watches you walk, evaluates your posture and checks the fit of your shoes. Dr. Reingold, our clinical podiatrist, offers expertise in evaluating feet, diagnosing conditions that could benefit from orthotics, prescribing customized orthotics and choosing premade orthotic inserts. Contact us today in order to schedule a consultation for orthotics.