DO I NEED FOOT ORTHOTICS?
The first thing to clarify is the difference between an insert you can buy in the store and a foot orthotic.
- Inserts that you can buy in stores without a prescription can provide cushioning and support. They may be made of materials like gel, plastic, or foam. Inserts fit into your shoes. But they’re not custom-made for your feet. They can provide arch support or extra cushioning on the heel, around the toes, or for your entire foot. Inserts might make your shoes more comfortable but aren’t designed to correct foot problems.
- Orthotics are different. They are prescription medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or run. They can also help with foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis. Orthotics might even help you avoid surgery to fix flat feet.
When to see a Podiatrist?
Visiting a Podiatrist at the first signs of foot pain can save you a lot of money. A skilled Podiatrist can inform you of what’s best to solve you foot pain issues. During an appointment, your podiatrist will take 3D images of each foot and do a thorough examination. That might include watching you walk and noting how your feet, ankles, legs, and hips move. If a foot orthotic is necessary, the Podiatrist will know after his complete examination. This will prevent the cost of the trial and error of using inserts to solve your foot pain problems.
EXPERIENCING FOOT PAIN?
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