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Strength and Contour of Orthotics

Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:00

Properly made orthotics are essential for effectively addressing foot conditions and enhancing overall comfort and mobility. High-quality orthotics provide the necessary support and alignment, reducing pain and preventing further complications. Assessing orthotic quality involves examining the materials used, such as durable EVA foam, plastic, or carbon fiber, ensuring they offer adequate strength and longevity. The contour of the orthotic is vital, as it must match the unique shape of the individual's foot to provide optimal support and pressure distribution. A well-crafted orthotic will maintain its shape and support over time, adapting to the foot's natural movements. If you are considering custom-made orthotics, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can ensure they meet these standards, offering the best possible solution for various foot-related issues and promoting long-term foot health.

If you are experiencing discomfort in your feet and would like to try custom orthotics, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Custom 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. 

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Shoe inserts come in a wide variety and 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, custom 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're experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibility of using custom orthotics or shoe inserts. A podiatrist can determine which type of custom orthotic or shoe insert is right for you and help you take the first steps toward being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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