Orthotics are worn inside shoes to correct various structural issues and treat medical conditions. Orthotics can be soft or rigid, both providing similar benefits. Soft orthotics are made with soft materials for extra cushioning. Rigid orthotics are made from harder materials, like carbon fiber or plastic. Orthotics can relieve foot and leg pain. Many symptoms requiring orthotics originate in the lower back and involve nerves that control function and movement in the legs and feet. Conditions causing foot and leg pain include a herniated disc, sleeping in an awkward position, or standing for prolonged times at work. Orthotics allow an individual to be able to maintain the correct alignment of the feet and legs, lessen pain, and prevent it from worsening. Orthotics can also help with managing minor foot deformities, absorbing shock from high-impact exercises, and correcting over-pronation, which is when the arch of the foot collapses inwards. If you think you might benefit from orthotics or want to know more about them, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Robert Stein, DPM from South Shore Foot Care. 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.
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.