The Importance Of Orthotics In Foot And Ankle Pain

Image-1Is foot pain normal? Are the Dr Scholl inserts good enough? What are the benefits of custom orthotics?

 

Foot pain is totally not normal, you should seek out a podiatrist to help understand why and solve the problem. The Dr. Scholl inserts are very temporary and may give you relief for a few days but are made of a weak material that will break down easily. We do offer a stiffer over the counter version called Footsteps and these are made of a more durable plastic likely to last 6-7 months with normal use.

 

If you are looking for a solution to foot pain, the first step is to find a good podiatrist. Podiatrists are trained with significant emphasis on understanding the biomechanics of your foot and ankle and being able to use this knowledge to conservatively treat your pain. This knowledge is used to fabricate a custom orthotic with posts and various angles specific to your foot type and arch pattern.

 

Creating custom orthotics is a skill and science that we have perfected. This allows our patients to have the best outcomes for relief of their foot pain. At Advanced Foot and Ankle we understand the need for you to get back on your feet, we use a digital scanner which produces an instant 3-D image that is sent to the lab. We then write a prescription with differences in the material thickness and the angulations with or without posts. It can be made from a very thin graphite which is used for dress shoes or a thicker plastic vacuum mold used in most athletic shoes. The top covers are anti microbial and have various cushioning pads.

 

Once the orthotics arrive we make sure they fit to your arch and trimmed to fit into your shoes. The break in period is normally less than a week. The doctors here at Advanced Foot and Ankle use orthotics for the most common pathologies such as painful flatfoot, plantar fascitis, high arch feet, neuromas, ball of foot pain, tendinitis, bunions, hammertoes and even ankle sprains. They can also be made to help prevent the worsening of deformities.

 

Typically once your foot is accustomed to the corrected position you will never leave home without them in your shoes. Orthotics can be used for the most common pathologies such as painful flatfoot, plantar fasciitis, high arch feet, neuromas, ball of foot pain, tendinitis, bunions, hammertoes and even ankle sprains.

 

So next time that foot pain stops you in your tracks, come make an appointment at Advanced Foot and Ankle and let one of our doctors examine you to determine if orthotics are a good fit. Take a look at Dr. Pengs blog about to know how long your custom orthotics should last.

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