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Benefits of Wearing Custom-Made Orthotics

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Orthotics are medical devices that are worn inside the shoe. People who have foot pain or an abnormal foot structure may benefit from wearing orthotics, which may aid in completing daily activities. Custom-made orthotics may help patients who have diabetes, plantar fasciitis, or arch pain. These are designed and fitted by podiatrists and many benefits can be associated with wearing these types of orthotics. These can include improving the gait, or walking style, maintaining body alignment, and possibly relieving foot pain from arthritis. Wearing orthotics may reduce existing ankle pain, and it may be easier to walk. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can discuss the benefits of wearing custom-made orthotics and determine if this is the right choice for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. 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 Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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