Shoe inserts are widely available over the counter in supermarkets, shopping
malls, and shoe stores. Yet, these over-the-counter products might not
be the best choice for your feet, especially if your podiatrist has diagnosed
you with a specific foot or ankle condition. Although different styles
and comfort levels are available, over-the-counter products simply can’t
compare to custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are specially made to suit
your unique anatomy and biomechanics. Consider asking your podiatrist if
custom orthotics are right for you.
Shoes are designed to protect and support the feet, but many people have
specific podiatric conditions that require extra support. Custom foot
orthotics are ideal for people with high arches, which means that the
middle part of the foot barely touches the ground or doesn’t touch
the ground at all. Custom orthotics are also ideal for people with flat
feet, which refers to the lack of a foot arch. When you visit your podiatrist,
he or she may ask you to move around. The doctor will observe the way
your feet land on the floor as you walk. Some people tend to bend the
ankle too far outward or inward, both of which are problematic. Custom-made
orthotic inserts can correct these imbalances.
Even if you don’t yet have a foot condition, your podiatrist may
still recommend custom orthotics if you have certain underlying medical
conditions. Diabetics, for example, can greatly benefit from full-contact,
cushioning orthotics. This is because the pressure exerted on the foot
is a significant concern for diabetics, since they tend to have impaired
blood circulation and delayed healing responses.
People who enjoy active lifestyles often choose custom-made orthotics to
reduce their risk of injuries. If you’re a runner, basketball player,
soccer player, or other type of athlete, consider talking to a foot doctor
about your needs.
At Family Foot Center, residents of Whitestone can receive custom orthotics
to correct biomechanical issues and prevent future injuries. Our podiatrist
provides a comprehensive suite of surgical and
nonsurgical services to help our patients live life well. Call us at (718) 767-5555 today to
request your appointment.