Custom orthotics are typically fashioned to fit the exact shape of your feet and can be produced using a range of materials, including plastic and foam. This handy guide will introduce you to some of the benefits of custom orthotics and how they could improve your quality of life. Whether you are looking to tackle arthritis or improve your athletic performance, our podiatrist can offer guidance about whether custom orthotics are right for you.
What are the Main Benefits of Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics can offer several excellent benefits, including:
- Pain relief: If you suffer from chronic foot and limb pain, you will know that aches and niggles can disrupt your everyday life. Orthotics represent an effective, affordable, and medication-free solution that provides reliable relief throughout the day.
- Support for the whole foot: Custom orthotics redistribute pressure on the feet, ensuring you remain comfortable throughout the day (even if you are on your feet for hours at a time!)
- Foot and body realignment: Did you know that structural abnormalities in the feet can affect your posture and lead to issues such as knee, hip, and back pain from misalignment? Orthotics help to realign your feet, hips, legs, and spine to reduce the likelihood of aches and pains throughout the body.
- Cushioning and support for foot deformities: Mass-produced shoes and inserts are designed to accommodate foot deformities such as high arches, bunions, or flat feet. Orthotics can help to address this problem, ensuring your feet receive the bespoke support they deserve.
When Should I Ask My Podiatrist About Custom Orthotics?
Wondering whether your foot pain warrants a trip to the podiatrist? Here are some tell-tale signs you may need custom orthotics:
- You have foot pain and swelling: Foot pain and swelling are symptoms of several foot conditions, including deformities and arthritis. A podiatrist will help diagnose the root cause of your pain and ensure you receive the best treatment for your situation.
- You have sharp heel pain: Sharp heel pain can signify a range of issues, including heel spurs, fractures, nerve entrapment, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinitis. While orthotics may not treat every issue, they may offer helpful relief alongside other treatments.
- You have flat feet or high arches: Many people inherit flat feet or high arches from their parents. If you suspect you may have such genetic deformities, it is worth seeking confirmation from a podiatrist who can offer helpful solutions.
- Your shoes are wearing out unevenly: If your shoes are wearing out at an angle, your feet are likely misaligned. Orthotics can help to rectify this issue and prevent all types of body pain.
- You have experienced a lower limb injury: If you have experienced an injury such as a stress fracture or shin splints, orthotics could aid recovery by realigning your ankles and reducing pressure on your limb.
- You have diabetic foot concerns: By distributing weight evenly across the bottom of the foot, orthotics can help relieve pressure points, prevent callus build-up, and reduce your chances of developing a diabetic ulceration and infection.
Reach Out to Crystal Podiatry Today!
Custom orthotics can help to address many types of foot pain and restore your quality of life. For more information about orthotics and to speak to our friendly podiatrist, do not hesitate to get in touch today at (252) 638-4700 or via our online form.