Can Custom Orthotics Really Relieve Your Foot Pain?
Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from foot and ankle pain every day?
It’s true! But don’t just take our word for it – here are some numbers you can take into consideration, and see for yourself how common pain in the lower limbs actually is:
According to American Podiatric Medical Association, 77% of American adults have experienced heel pain
50% of American adults report that foot pain has restricted their activities
78% of American adults who suffer from foot pain wear ill-fitting shoes, or unsupportive footwear
However, you shouldn’t mistake foot pain for being “normal” or “an inevitable part of life” – because this couldn’t be further from the truth! Rather, foot pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong and needs to be fixed. And custom orthotics therapy is a treatment that has been proven to work for patients suffering from a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, from heel pain to faulty biomechanics.
But What are Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are versatile medical devices that are customized to fit the exact form and contours of your feet. These inserts are built from durable materials to provide optimal support, distribute body weight properly, and correct faulty biomechanics.
Even better – all you have to do is slip these amazing devices into your shoes and they will actively support and cushion your feet with every step you take. It’s that simple!
Custom orthotics are often prescribed for effective:
Alignment of the feet
Balance restoration and optimal foot positioning when standing or moving
Improvement with regard to biomechanical functioning of the feet and lower legs
Pressure relief from specific areas of the feet that may be causing pain or discomfort
Prevention of foot deformity or the worsening of any existing conditions
The amount of physical stress we place on our lower extremities – even from simply walking around and performing daily activities – is tremendous. On an average day, your feet will support a cumulative force equal to several hundred tons, and if you have biomechanical abnormalities, all of this force can have a tremendous effect on your feet.
But custom orthotics can help control motion irregularities and redistribute force loads in a more even manner.
Should You Consider Wearing Custom Orthotics?
Conservative treatment options are always the preferred course for addressing foot, ankle, and biomechanics problems you may be experiencing. Custom orthotics are intended to correct a wide range of ailments without using an invasive procedure like traditional surgeries.
So if we can treat the problem without using an invasive surgery, that’s we will do – and custom orthotics give us a chance to accomplish this goal.
Some of the most common foot and ankle problems we treat with custom orthotics include:
If you are looking for a conservative treatment that actually works – without having to “go under the knife” – custom orthotics therapy may be just what you are looking for. But the only way to find out for sure is by coming to our office so we can evaluate your condition and determine if, in fact, this type of approach is right for you.
The good news is custom orthotics therapy is often the answer for many patients looking to find relief from foot and ankle pain, and even if we decide this treatment isn’t right for you, we offer many other advanced treatment options that will help get your feet back on track.
Custom Orthotics vs. Prefabricated Inserts
Now, you may see inserts at the store and think they are the same as what we offer, but those mass-produced devices should, at best, only be used for providing additional cushioning or extra arch support.
On the other hand, when you come to our office to get fitted for a pair of custom-made orthotics, we will perform a thorough evaluation of your lower limbs so that we can provide an accurate diagnosis and determine which type of orthotics is best for your specific foot shape and condition.
We use a range of materials to effectively achieve treatment objectives and offer three types of orthotic devices:
Soft devices are built with compressible materials and are intended to improve balance, absorb shock, and decrease pressure on foot sores. These are often prescribed to alleviate symptoms from arthritis or diabetes.
Rigid devices are made with plastic, carbon fiber, or other firm materials and are intended to control foot function. They are typically prescribed to relieve pain that results from abnormal gait mechanics and often used in footwear that doesn’t require a lot of motion, like dress shoes.
Semi-rigid devices are ideal for athletes who have foot pain, and correct the biomechanics so the muscles and tendons move the foot correctly. They use firm-but-flexible materials to control motion and provide cushioning.
Once we determine which type of orthotics is best for you, we will then make a mold of your foot to create inserts that fit every unique contour of your feet to effectively minimize stress forces in those areas of the feet that actually need it.
The bottom line is:
Custom-made orthotics allow your feet to function at their highest potential and move in a manner that results in healthy, pain-free feet. And if you are wondering if you can also benefit from this amazing treatment, simply give our office a call to make an appointment today!
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