Relieve Foot Pain With Custom Orthotics
Orthotics are one of the most powerful tools that podiatrists use to heal foot pain. At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, our patients are amazed at how our orthotics take away much if not all of their daily foot pain.
The reason orthotics work so well is because they are made specifically to match up with your foot type and walking pattern. In store-bought shoes, the inserts that come with these shoes are often made with cheap materials and have a generic shape made for the “average” foot. Any person with flat fleet or high-arched feet is actually harmed by these generic in soles because they don’t relieve any walking pressure where it is needed most.
Sometimes, our patients are even wearing sneakers that made for different foot types and when we discover this, we suggest to our patients what shoes are good for their foot type. This creates a tremendous difference in the comfort that they feel on a daily basis. Often, the right shoes with custom made orthotics is enough to relieve the entirety of foot pain that our patients experience.
Types Of Orthotics
There are two categories that we use to make our orthotics. One is functional orthotics while the other is accommodative orthotics. The functional orthotics that we make are designed to control and support abnormal motion. This means that if a patients walk abnormally, these orthotics will help to relieve pain caused by that abnormal walk. Functional orthotics are also used to treat a variety of foot injuries such as tendinitis or shin splints.
Accommodative orthotics are orthotics, where the main focus is to create more comfort. They provide cushioning and support and are used to treat ulcers, calluses, and other uncomfortable foot conditions. Some form of accommodative orthotics are made for people with flat feet and high-arched feet to provide them additional cushioning, where the most pressure is applied to their feet while walking.
Sometimes, orthotics are covered by insurance but if not, they often prove to be a worthy investment as they maintain their function for a minimum of a year helping patients maintain comfortable, pain-free feet during this period. Our orthotics are made from top-notch materials and it is easy to notice the difference between orthotics bought in a store like CVS and podiatrist-made orthotics.
It is time to see a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists if you are experiencing any foot pain while either sitting or walking. Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule a consultation to receive your pair of custom orthotics.