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Understanding the Role of Custom Orthotics

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Orthotics play an essential role in alleviating various foot and lower limb conditions. When prescribing orthotics, several factors are considered, including biomechanical alignment, patient aesthetics, compliance, and joint stability. Biomechanical assessments evaluate gait patterns, foot structure, and joint range of motion to determine the most effective orthotic design. Aesthetics consideration involves ensuring that orthotics fit comfortably into the patient's shoes and lifestyle. Patient compliance is vital for long-term success, as orthotics must be worn consistently to achieve desired outcomes. Custom-made orthotics are preferred for their tailored fit and targeted support. They address specific biomechanical issues, providing support, stability, and alignment correction as needed. These orthotics are crafted based on precise measurements and molds of the patient's feet, ensuring optimal functionality and comfort. If you would like to learn how custom-made orthotics can improve your mobility and quality of life, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and further discussion.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Corinne R. Kauderer, DPM from Dyker Heights Foot & Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Brooklyn, NY and Old Bridge, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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