Orthotics are inserts placed in your shoes to add cushioning that are often prescribed for people who have plantar fasciitis or other painful foot conditions. They can improve your gait and posture as well as help reduce pain. Orthotics can be made specifically to fit your foot, which increases their efficacy, and are either soft, semi-rigid, or rigid depending on the foot condition being treated. They last different durations based on materials, your weight, and the amount of activity you do. Replacement of orthotics can range from three-to-six months to several years. To help orthotics last longer wipe them with a damp – not wet – cloth, or use spray shoe cleaners. Wearing shoes that fit properly will also add to the lifespan of your orthotics. If you notice that your orthotics are fraying, smell bad, or are worn, they may be doing you more harm than good and probably need to be replaced. Please visit a podiatrist before deciding on which orthotics, inserts, or insoles are best for your feet. And check back with your podiatrist periodically to see if they need to be replaced.
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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.
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