Having flat feet is particularly common in infants and young children. The scientific term for flat feet is pes planus, meaning the flattening of the arch during standing or walking. The condition generally corrects itself with time as children’s muscles strengthen along with their soft tissues stiffening. It is important to keep in mind that…
Custom Orthotics Can Ease Your Foot Pain
If you struggle with chronic foot pain, custom orthotics could be the right solution for you.
The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 ligaments and tendons that work together to provide daily support for activity. As people age, the cushioned support that keeps this system from injury begins to break down. Without the shock absorption that the feet are supposed to have, some people experience pain that often translates to other areas of the body, like the ankles, knees and hips.
Patients with foot pain who have tried things like over-the-counter medications or stretching techniques without success may find that custom-made orthotics are the solution for this problem. Orthotics can also be combined with other treatment methods to provide the best level of relief.
What are they?
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are worn on a daily basis. They apply external pressure that acts as support for the structural and functional characteristics of the feet. There are many mass-produced orthotics on the market, and while these may provide some level of comfort and support, they may not be right for every foot. Those that are customized to a patient’s feet will provide the right level of comfortable support, pressure relief and functional improvement. In addition to these qualities, they can help prevent further degeneration of the feet.
What foot conditions require orthotics?
Anyone who experiences chronic foot pain can benefit from custom-made orthotics.
Patients who have fallen arches may find that custom orthotics reduce the discomfort and uncertainty associated with the structure of their feet. While orthotics will not correct already-deformed feet, they will provide support so the issue is not as much of a concern.
Patients with plantar fasciitis may benefit from orthotics as well, since they can support the arch and take pressure off of the plantar fascia.
Finally, patients who suffer from arthritis, diabetes and foot deformities like bunions, corns and calluses or those who stand for long periods of time may also find relief with the use of custom orthotics.
The design process
An assessment of the patient’s foot will be taken to determine points of pressure, foot shape, foot size, common foot wear and biomechanics. These notes will determine how the orthotics will be designed to prevent certain issues and to ensure the foot does not experience further deterioration and deformity. The patient will come in for a fitting once the orthotic is designed to ensure that it meets the patient’s needs and fits inside their shoes comfortably.
Find out if they can help you
Foot impairment and pain can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, putting you at risk for other chronic diseases and health concerns. The use of customized orthotics may improve your overall quality of life by allowing you to be more active again and to live pain free. To learn more about how you can have orthotics designed to meet your needs, schedule an appointment today. The sooner you get your custom orthotics, the sooner your life will change for the better.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic, call us at (208) 803-0010.