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Pain Relief From Custom Orthotics

Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts designed to support and align your feet properly. They can be a game-changer when it comes to reducing foot pain and discomfort. First, custom orthotics provide added cushioning and support to your feet, which can help distribute your body weight evenly. This can alleviate pressure on specific areas, such as the arches or heels, and reduce pain associated with conditions like plantar fasciitis or flat feet. Second, custom orthotics can correct abnormal foot mechanics, such as overpronation, which is rolling your feet inward, or supination, which is rolling your feet outward. Orthotics also can help to align your feet and ankles properly and reduce strain on the muscles and tendons. In addition, orthotics can improve your posture and reduce the stress on your knees, hips, and lower back. This process can indirectly alleviate foot pain caused by poor alignment. If you're experiencing discomfort or pain in your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to determine the type of custom orthotics you may need. 

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, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, and Argyle, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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