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Reasons for Wearing Custom Orthotics

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

The marketplace is filled with shoe inserts of every description, but if they cannot address what is troubling your feet, it may be time to consider getting custom orthotics. These inserts will be designed and manufactured specifically to fit your foot and correct the issues that may be causing problems. For example, custom orthotics can be made to adjust how you walk (gait), reduce pain, and provide support (in the arch, for instance). They can reduce pressure to a certain part of the foot and improve foot alignment. To begin the process, please consult a podiatrist who will assess your foot mechanics to determine the cause of the problem. Next, an X-ray or ultrasound test may be administered. Finally, an impression of your foot will be made to create a mold that mirrors the precise shape and configuration of your foot. The result will be a shoe insert that addresses the specific needs of your foot. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dale Delaney, DPM from InStride Kinston Podiatry Center. Our doctor 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.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

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.

Prescription Orthotics

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.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Kinston, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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