If regular activities like walking or standing tend to leave your feet feeling uncomfortable or achy, there are options that can help. Devices like shoe inserts can cushion certain areas while supporting others. Custom orthotics take that to the next level. They are shoe inserts that are perfectly molded to your feet. This allows them to add support, cushioning, and stability wherever needed- in a way that is personalized to you.
Custom orthotics are medically prescribed based on each patient’s need. For example, some are created to primarily relieve pressure and add comfort to the shoe. Various materials are used to make walking more pleasant and reduce unwanted pressure or tension. For others, custom orthotics are used to correct abnormal foot function. Foot conditions can cause deformities, which can lead to changes in functionality (Healthline, 2019). Not only are these changes uncomfortable, but they can be dangerous. A shift in the way we walk can put us at risk for further injuries or discomfort. Custom orthotics are a solution that can relieve pain, reduce pressure, and readjust our walk. Common conditions where orthotics are recommended include arthritis, diabetes, bunions, flat feet, hammertoes, high arches, plantar fasciitis, and back pain, among others.
By visiting a podiatrist you can determine the best plan of action. They will evaluate your feet and address your concerns. If custom orthotics are right for you, a model of your foot will be created. That model will be used, along with specific information about your foot, to create your personalized insert.
Custom orthotics have the potential to correct and treat various issues. If you would like to be evaluated to see if they are right for you, give us a call. Foot pain shouldn’t get in the way of your daily life, and our team is here to help.