Many people are confused by the many types of inserts that can be used in shoes to alleviate foot pain. In certain cases, however, such over-the-counter items do not solve the problem and custom insoles are needed. A major use of custom orthotics is to correct arch problems that often lead to pain, not only in the feet but also in other parts of the body. Low arches or flat feet, high arches, and overpronation call for different and specific solutions that can only be corrected with a custom insert. In addition, deformities such as bunions or hammertoes, as well as heel spurs, may benefit from specially made orthotics. A podiatrist can examine your feet, the way you walk, and your posture to determine if custom orthotics will be best for you. Then this foot doctor can measure your feet, create a mold to see which areas need to be corrected and make a pair of orthotics that will specifically address your foot problems. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an exam and effective treatment solutions.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from New York. Our doctors 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.
If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.