How Do Orthotics Help Your Feet?

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Orthotics are a type of device worn to improve foot health. They can help to align your feet and ankles, cushion your footsteps, and even relieve pain. Orthotics can be custom-made for you or come in a variety of pre-made styles. If you’re having trouble with your feet, consult with your doctor about the possibility of using orthotics as part of your treatment plan.

They Relieve Foot Pain

Orthotics are devices that are worn inside the shoes in order to provide support for the feet and ankles. They are often used to treat conditions such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Orthotics can also be used to relieve pain in the feet and ankles caused by overpronation, a condition in which the foot rolls inward excessively.

There are two main types of orthotics: custom-made and off-the-shelf. Custom-made orthotics are created from a mold of the patient’s foot. Off-the-shelf orthotics are pre-fabricated and come in a variety of sizes. Both types of orthotics can be purchased from a variety of sources, including orthotic clinics, shoe stores, and online retailers.

Orthotics work by correcting the alignment of the bones in the feet and ankles. They do this by providing support for the arch of the foot and by realigning the heel bone. This helps to take pressure off of the balls of the feet and reduces pain in the feet and ankles. Orthotics can also help to prevent foot injuries by providing support and stability to the foot.

If you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, you may want to consider wearing orthotics. Orthotics can be purchased from a variety of sources, including orthotic clinics, shoe stores, and online retailers.

They Help Speed Up Healing Of Foot Injuries

Orthotics are devices that are worn on the feet or lower limbs to improve function, support the foot, redistribute weight or relieve pain. They are custom-made from a variety of materials to meet each patient’s specific needs.

Orthotics can be used to treat many different conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Some common conditions that orthotics can help with include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bunions
  • Claw toe
  • Hallux rigidus (stiff big toe)
  • Heel pain (heel spurs and plantar fasciitis)
  • Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
  • Neuromas (nerve pain)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overpronation (rolling in the foot)
  • Pes cavus (high-arched feet)
  • Pes planus (flat feet)
  • Shin splints
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Orthotics can also be used to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place, especially in people who are more susceptible to them due to their foot structure or activity level. For example, orthotics can be used to support the arch of the foot in people with flat feet, which can help reduce the risk of developing Achilles tendonitis or shin splints. Similarly, orthotics can be used to control overpronation and relieve pressure on the inside of the knees, which can prevent patellofemoral pain syndrome (Runner’s knee).

They Help Fix The Leg Length Discrepancy

Orthotics are devices that are placed inside the shoes to correct the alignment of the feet and ankles. They can be used to treat a number of conditions, including bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis. Orthotics can also be used to resolve a leg length discrepancy, which is when one leg is shorter than the other. This condition can cause pain in the lower back, hips, and knees. Orthotics can help by providing support and cushioning for the foot, which helps to improve the alignment of the body and reduce pain.

They Help Diabetic People With Their Foot Problems

Foot orthotics, also known as arch supports, are devices that are inserted into shoes to support the foot and help relieve pain. People with diabetes often experience foot problems due to nerve damage and poor blood circulation. Orthotics can help by providing support and cushioning for the feet. They can also help improve balance and reduce pressure on the feet. In some cases, orthotics can also help prevent ulcers from developing on the feet.

They Help People With Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that can cause pain and inflammation in the joints. It can make everyday activities, such as walking, difficult and uncomfortable. Orthotics are devices that can be worn inside the shoes to help support the feet and provide relief from arthritis pain. There are different types of orthotics available, and they can be custom-made or purchased over-the-counter.

Orthotics work by changing the way weight is distributed across the joints in the feet. This can help to reduce pressure on the joints and reduce pain. Orthotics can also improve balance and alignment, which can help to prevent further joint damage.

If you are experiencing foot pain, orthotics may be a good option for you. Orthotics can help speed up the healing process of foot injuries and can also help to correct leg length discrepancies. Additionally, orthotics can be helpful for people with diabetes or arthritis. If you are interested in learning more about how orthotics could benefit you, call us today. We would be happy to answer any questions that you have and provide you with more information about this helpful device.

Remember, The 3 Arches of Your Feet Still Need Support!

Maybe you have already felt the first symptoms of balance disorders or you want to prevent them from appearing in the first place. Consider getting a foot orthotic device or simply take care of your feet. Start by washing them thoroughly with a gentle soap whenever you take a shower. Being a very complex support system, your feet are your first line of defense against balance-related issues, since their arches provide you with the stability you need in your daily life. It’s time to put your foot down and push back against balance issues. With both feet on the ground, dedicate yourself to keeping them comfortable and healthy. Give us a call and we will scan your feet to make you custom orthotic inserts.

The Shoe Doctor has specialized in providing custom orthotics for 20 years. The right orthotic insoles can greatly reduce foot, knee and hip pain while increasing performance and comfort. Russell at The Shoe Doctor will help educate and assist you in finding the perfect solution for your particular situation. We will create a 3D map of your feet and make custom orthotics for your hiking boots, everyday shoes, and everything else in between. These orthotics, along with our expert advice, will get you using orthotics like a pro, and have you performing at the peak of your abilities in no time!  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, give The Shoe Doctor a call to get the best custom orthotics in the area! We are here to assist you, schedule your free consultation here!


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