An orthotic, or foot orthoses, is a custom-made shoe insert designed to fit your feet more efficiently than over-the-counter arch supports. Unlike many store-brand products, custom orthotics help balance the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet and legs. When Dr. Schoell’s just isn’t enough, consider these benefits of using orthotics:
One of the biggest benefits of using orthotics is durability. While many over-the-counter products deteriorate within weeks, most orthotics can last 5-10 years. However, this does not mean orthotics aren’t comfortable, as they still allow for a certain degree of flexibility.
Sometimes the best way to prevent arch and heel pain is to buy a better pair of shoes. However, this limits your options to a single pair of supportive footwear. Custom-made orthotics are removable, allowing you to use them in almost any pair of closed shoes. Put them in your work shoes, or throw them in your gym shoes for extra support during a quick jog!
Variety of Uses
Many people tend to think that orthotics are only used for individuals with fallen arches or flat feet. While orthotics can treat these conditions, they also work to relieve plantar fasciitis (heel pain), lower leg tendonitis, shin splints, and knee pain. In addition, orthotics prevent over-pronation and absorb shock while running and walking. Orthotics can also be used in conjunction with night bars, gait plates, and foot splints to correct more serious toe conditions such as inward pointing or hammertoes.
In some cases, your insurance will cover orthotics that are deemed medically necessary or related to a debilitating condition. In the event that your insurance does not cover your orthotics, many podiatrists will work with you to find a financial plan that fits your needs.
Supportive shoes may seem like a great option, but they aren’t custom-made to fit your feet. With over 23 years of experience, Dr. Zawada with the Family Foot Center provides the best orthotics and procedures for your needs. Visit our website for a full listing of services.