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Orthotics and Overpronation

Overpronation is a type of gait that occurs when an individual’s feet roll excessively downward or inward during movement. To mitigate overpronation, you might be able to use orthotics, which are shoe inserts that correct foot or gait abnormalities. If you have overpronation, you may benefit from using custom-made orthotics that are designed after conducting an analysis of your individual walking style and tendencies. In some cases, individuals who wore orthotics to correct their overpronation demonstrated better balance and even a reduction in pain. If you suspect that you have overpronation, contact a podiatrist (a foot specialist) who can determine whether wearing supportive orthotics can positively impact your gait. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 offices located in Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, Flower Mound, and Argyle, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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