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Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Foot orthotics, whether over-the-counter or custom-made, are specialized insoles designed to address various foot and gait-related issues. They work by correcting imbalances in foot structure and gait, improving posture, and relieving pain through support and pressure redistribution. Custom orthotics, which are molded to the individual's foot shape, offer a personalized fit ideal for specific alignment problems, pathologies, or deformities. They aid in healing by reducing strain on injured areas and can prevent conditions like stress fractures, tendonitis, and tendon rupture. Orthotics also provide cushioning, shock absorption, and enhanced stability, thereby reducing the risk of falls. Athletes can benefit from custom foot orthotics by improving foot support, limiting shock, and reducing tendon stress. This can enhance performance while minimizing injury risk. Over-the-counter insoles may offer basic comfort but lack the effectiveness of custom orthotics. This makes custom orthotics the preferred choice for those with unique foot-related needs. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure the proper fit and function of orthotics tailored to your individual foot needs.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. 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.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

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.

Prescription Orthotics

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 Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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