Are you experiencing foot pain? You may be a candidate for custom orthotics. Orthotics are special shoe or heel inserts prescribed by a doctor. They’re custom-made specifically for you and designed to provide support to relieve your foot pain.
At Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, your foot health is our top priority. Our specialists are experienced in podiatric medicine and foot and ankle rehabilitation and can suggest the right custom orthotic for you. New York City patients can visit either of our two convenient locations in Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Manhattan.
Do you need orthotics?
There are many reasons a doctor may recommend orthotics. Some of which include:
- Address foot deformities
- Assist foot or ankle function
- Provide support to your ankle
- Reduce joint pain
- Reduce further risk to your ankle or foot
Conditions orthotics treat
Orthotics treat a variety of conditions. Depending on your age, orthotics may be more helpful and provide lifelong support to your ankle and foot. Some of these conditions include:
Arthritis and osteoarthritis can cause discomfort. Custom orthotics can provide support, especially if it’s bone-on-bone pain.
Back pain is a very common reason to use an orthotic. Poor foot position or arches that roll inward cause a lack of cushioning.
Bunions are caused by painful bumps that develop on the base of your big toe. Orthotics can help reduce excess pressure on your big toe joint and reduce symptoms.
Fluid-filled sacs in the joints and bones of your foot can cause bursitis pain and discomfort. Orthotics can provide heel and arch support to reduce discomfort.
Diabetic patients are prone to losing feeling in their feet and toes. This is known as diabetic neuropathy. If this happens, orthotics can reduce the inflammation, stress, and pressure. It’s particularly helpful in reducing your risk for foot ulcers.
Benefits of custom orthotics
Custom orthotics provide a range of benefits beyond lessening everyday pain. These include:
1. Providing support for your feet
If you’ve experienced an injury, your feet may need more support. Uneven arches, flat feet, or back pain can all lead to foot pain. Over-the-counter insoles don’t provide custom support. Custom orthotics are specifically designed to treat your foot condition.
For example, a foot abnormality such as pronation (when your weight falls to the inside of your foot) and supination (when your weight falls to the outside of your foot) can be directly addressed with a custom orthotic fit.
2. Protecting your joints
Your joints can take a hit over time, especially as you age. The wear and tear of weight, stress, athletic activity, and flat feet can cause your joints to rub, tear, and stress over the years. Custom orthotics absorb the impact of stress and everyday activities to help you stay active throughout the day and restore balance.
3. Pain management
Over time, your feet can experience the wear and tear of joint pain. Misalignments in foot structure, flat feet, and even arthritis can increase pain felt both in your foot and throughout your leg. Custom orthotics alleviate pain due to biomechanical misalignments, and promote healing. An orthotic is used to alleviate pain and make slight positioning adjustments.
4. Injury prevention
Custom orthotics may help prevent common overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis and knee pain as well as reduce the risk of stress fractures. A custom orthotic can provide you the support you need to get back in the game.
5. Improve your overall well-being
Pain can cause disruption in your daily activity. Get things under control with a custom orthotic. Beyond your foot pain, your entire body may feel the positive benefits of an orthotic.
If you’re concerned about your foot pain, take the first step and schedule a consultation with Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC. Call our office most convenient to you or book an appointment online to explore custom orthotic options today.