24 Dec All you need to know about Foot Orthotics
Custom foot orthotics can treat many foot and ankle problems. Here are answers to some common questions about orthotics.
Q: What are foot orthotics?
A: Orthotics are shoe inserts that are used to –
- relieve pressure
- reduce pain
- correct imbalances
- adjust a biomechanical issue
- help heal a foot or ankle injury
The orthotics may be rigid or soft, depending upon your foot problem.
Q: How are orthotics used?
A: Orthotics are inserted directly into the shoes, either on top of or just below an existing cushioning insert.
Q: What kinds of problems can orthotics fix?
A: Orthotics can be used to relieve pain caused due to plantar fasciitis, arthritis, flat feet, posterior tibial tendonitis, and high arches etc. Custom orthotics can also help diabetes patients avoid painful and dangerous ulcers.
Q: Where can I get orthotics?
A: While over-the-counter orthotics are available at any drugstore, they may not address your specific problem, and may not improve your symptoms because they are generic in size and shape.
Custom foot orthotics are custom-made, precisely measured to your individual feet and designed to treat your specific foot issue.
Q: Who should wear orthotics?
A: Patients of all ages can benefit from orthotic inserts. Foot orthotics are often prescribed as part of conservative treatment, to avoid or delay surgery.
If you’ve got foot pain and want to know if orthotics are right for you, speak to a podiatrist.