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Foot Conditions That May Benefit From Orthotics

Wearing orthotics can help a variety of foot conditions. Orthotics are custom-made inserts for your feet that are worn in shoes. They can be effective in managing the symptoms of specific foot ailments, such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, and heel pain. Patients with flat feet or high arches may wear orthotics indefinitely, which might prevent these conditions from becoming worse. It is beneficial to practice stretches and exercises that can strengthen the feet. This may help to improve foot structure, and the need to wear orthotics may be eliminated. This is dependent on the reason orthotics are worn in the first place, so it is suggested that you are evaluated by a podiatrist. If you have foot pain and would like a proper diagnosis and relief options, it is suggested that you confer with this foot doctor who can determine if wearing orthotics is correct for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. 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 our office located in Latham, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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