Over-the-counter orthotics are insoles that slip into footwear to provide some support and structure. Custom orthotics, however, are prescription medical devices. They are designed to support your individual foot structure, help alleviate any foot or ankle condition you may have, facilitate proper body biomechanics, and reduce your chances of injury. A podiatrist will perform a thorough medical exam and full analysis of your medical history and fitness level, and diagnose any pain, discomfort or alignment issues you may be having. If it is determined that custom orthotics may help you, the podiatrist will scan a 3D digital image of your feet or cast a traditional plaster mold of your feet. A custom-made orthotic will then be created specifically for your feet to address your particular needs.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact the foot specialists from Marvel Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors 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.
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.
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.