Getting Some Extra Support for Your Feet
As patients transition from summer to fall it’s not uncommon to experience foot pain or discomfort. This is particularly likely if you have spent most of the season in flip flops, barefoot or wearing other non-supportive summer shoe styles. At NY Foot Health we want to encourage patients to talk to their podiatrist about any foot pain they are experiencing. (If you need to find a podiatrist in your community, use our online directory.)
Orthotics Bring Relief
When you visit the podiatrist to have foot pain assessed he or she will listen carefully to your description of the discomfort and then do a comprehensive examination of your feet, ankles and legs. The foot doctor will evaluate your gait and may ask to see the wear pattern of your shoes and even use advanced technology to see how your feet function when walking and running. In many instances, the podiatrist may conclude that custom orthotics will be able to help correct a podiatric problem and bring you relief from painful symptoms. Some conditions orthotics are often used to treat include:
Custom Made for You
Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, prescription orthotics are made to fit your unique foot structure and pathology. The podiatrist will take measurements of your feet along with a three-dimensional image and use them to create specialized foot supports that will improve foot movement and lead to increased comfort and mobility. Custom orthotics fall into two categories:
Functional Orthotics—the purpose of this type of orthotics is to control abnormal foot motion. They are usually made of a semi-rigid material such as graphite or plastic. In some cases, functional orthotics may also be part of the treatment plan for injuries like tendonitis or shin splints.
Accommodative Orthotics—this category of orthotics is usually made of softer materials. Their goal is to give additional cushioning and support to the foot. Accommodative orthotics help protect sore areas as in the case of foot ulcers or wounds, calluses on the bottom of the foot and other painful conditions.
The Orthotic Advantage
Prescription orthotics are made of high-quality materials and can last for many years. Clinical research has proven that custom orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function. In many cases insurance will help pay for orthotics. If you suffer with chronic foot pain, ask your podiatrist if orthotics might be a treatment option for you. To learn about other ways to treat foot disorders, contact us.