Orthotics optimize the function of your feet, ankles, and knees, and alleviate pain. And unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, custom orthotics are individually tailored to comfortably fit and support your unique feet.
At Complete Foot & Ankle, our expert podiatrists digitally scan your feet to precisely measure the hills, valleys, and plains of each foot’s landscape. These measurements, together with your doctor’s assessment of the adjustments that must be made to alleviate your problem, are sent to a lab that creates orthotics that fit you and you alone.
Orthotics can be designed to slip into your shoes and cushion your toes and ball of your foot, just your heel, or your entire sole. You might also benefit from an orthotic ankle brace that supports injured tendons and ligaments as they heal.
If you’re still wondering whether they’re the right solution for you, here are 5 ways custom orthotics help. They:
1. Alleviate foot pain
Well, you knew this one. But custom orthotics go beyond merely cushioning your feet from the stress of hard pavement and floors during the 10,000 or so steps you take each day. They are actually an effective first-line remedy for foot conditions that might otherwise require drugs or surgery.
Some conditions that orthotics relieve include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet (fallen arches)
- Diabetic foot problems
- Runner’s knee
- Heel spurs and bone spurs
2. Heal injuries
Once your feet are supported by custom orthotics, the injuries and deformities that cause your foot pain begin to heal. By aligning your feet into a healthy position, overstretched tendons and ligaments relax and repair themselves. If you have frequent tendonitis or shin splints, custom orthotics resolve them and prevent recurrences.
Orthotics are so good at promoting healing that you may find you don’t need any other therapies. Many men, women, and children have avoided surgery for foot problems simply by using custom orthotics.
3. Alleviate back and hip pain
You may think it’s your back that’s hurting, but it’s really the misalignment of your spine caused by the abnormal gait you’ve developed to avoid foot pain. Feet that function well and without pain allow the rest of your body to function better, too.
Foot pain sometimes causes you to favor one foot, throwing your hips out of alignment. Orthotics straighten your hips and help you develop better posture.
4. Resolve leg asymmetry
Did you know that 90% of men, women, and children have one leg that’s slightly longer than the other? Most of the time, this doesn’t affect functioning at all. But if the difference is significant enough, it may throw your hips and back out of alignment, interfere with a normal gait, and cause pain in your hips, legs, feet, or back.
A custom orthotic designed for the shorter leg instantly resolves your issue without anyone noticing. The orthotic slips into your shoe discreetly and helps your legs function harmoniously.
5. Improve athletic performance
If you run, play sports, or dance, injuries are probably a part of your life. Custom orthotics reduce injuries like runner’s knee, Achilles tendonitis, and twisted ankles by keeping your feet in proper alignment. Aligned feet reduce stress on supporting tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, allowing them to stay strong and flexible.
Our expert podiatrists at Complete Foot & Ankle not only measure and scan your feet, we also evaluate your gait and other movements you commonly make while playing your sport. This information is used to create orthotics that keep you pain-free while helping you optimize your performance.
If you think custom orthotics may be the solution for your foot, ankle, knee, hip, or back pain, or if you’d like to optimize your athletic performance, contact us at Complete Foot & Ankle. Our friendly staff is ready to take your call, or you can book an appointment online.