What are orthotics?
Orthotics are medical shoe inserts designed to fit your feet. Foot pain often arises both from a lack of support and from issues with the structure of the foot. Custom-made orthotics gently correct the alignment of your feet so the complex network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in your feet can work together properly, so you’ll be able to walk and stand without foot pain.
Orthotics are different from inserts, which you may have seen for sale at the pharmacy. Inserts provide extra cushioning and support, which can provide short-term relief from pain, but as an over-the-counter product, they’re designed to fit as many people as possible. Only orthotics are custom made, which means they fit your feet perfectly and are designed specifically to address your foot problems.
Which foot problems can custom-made orthotics help with?
Orthotics can help address foot pain from a variety of conditions, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Arch pain
- Corns and calluses
After performing an exam and diagnosing your foot condition, Dr. Forman will discuss the potential benefits of orthotics based on your specific needs.
How can orthotics help with my condition?
In addition to providing arch support, orthotics realign your feet, preventing your bones from shifting out of position and your tendons and ligaments from becoming fatigued. Also, many foot conditions result from repeated pressure or impact on your feet. Orthotics cushion the impact and ensure your feet make even contact with the ground, so you don’t put too much stress on any one part of your foot, protecting against the pain that foot conditions can cause.
How are orthotics made?
If you decide to use orthotics to help with your foot problem, Dr. Forman will first take a 3D digital image of your foot. Dr. Forman then sends the image, along with notes about your foot condition, to an orthotics lab which will manufacture your orthotics. Orthotics are made from materials that are both rigid enough to support your feet and flexible enough that you can wear them comfortably.
To learn more about how orthotics can help with your foot condition, call Put Your Feet First or click to book an appointment online today.