Foot Pain Without Orthotics
The shape of your feet may be causing you foot pain and if you aren’t wearing the right shoes or in soles, your foot pain will likely only get worse. Patients at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists always ask me what is the best thing they can do right now to relieve their foot pain and the answer is always the same.
The first thing that I do is look at their foot type. They may have flat feet, normal arches, or high-arches. Afterwards, I look at their shoes and in soles. People with flat feet and high-arches need custom made orthotics in order to avoid foot pain. If a person hasn’t seen professional about their footwear, they are likely either wearing the wrong shoes or in soles or both.
In every shoe, there is an in sole. These in soles are shaped for the “average” foot and made of generic, cheap material. If a person has flat feet or high-arched feet, their in soles may actually be causing their foot pain.
A podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists will cast your foot and take a mold of it’s shape. From this, your own pair of prescription orthotics will be made. My patients are always amazed at how much better they feel when wearing our orthotics. The reason is because these orthotics match both the shape of your feet and walking pattern giving you the maximum amount of support while you walk.
Changing Footwear To Reduce Foot Pain
Custom orthotics are one important way to end foot pain. The second way is to make sure you have the proper shoes on. Different shoes are made for different foot types. Some shoes are made for high arches while others are made for flat feet. The problem is that most people do not know this when they are shoe shopping and end up buying a pair of shoes that do not support their foot shape. In these cases, such shoes cause foot pain.
If you have foot pain, it is time to see a podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office. People that are always on their feet, especially for work or exercise will often need custom made orthotics.
Orthotics found in stores like CVS will not have the same heavy duty support as a prescription made orthotic. The material will be less quality as well so if you have tried store bought orthotics and your feet are still paining you, this is likely the reason.
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Everyday, we help patients overcome foot pain with podiatry treatment. Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!