Orthotics are customized shoe or heel inserts made to address foot, leg, or back problems. Tailored to an individual's needs, orthotics can be a crucial component of treatment plans for various symptoms related to discomfort and pain in these areas. The aim of orthotics may be to correct foot deformities, improve foot and ankle function, provide ankle support, and reduce the risk of further injuries. Orthotics are used to address a number of medical conditions such as arthritis, back pain, bunions, bursitis, and diabetes-related foot issues. Orthotics also can be prescribed for flat feet, hammer toes, heel spurs, high arches, injuries, and plantar fasciitis. Orthotics can provide support, correct positioning, and alleviate stress on specific areas. They are often combined with supportive footwear, physical therapy, and medication for holistic treatment. Different types of orthotics, from rigid to flexible materials, cater to various conditions. Proper fitting and usage are essential for positive outcomes. If you have pain in your feet, legs, or back, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if orthotics may be a helpful part of a treatment plan.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Bergen Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.