Let's be honest. Most people don't buy the right kind of shoes. Sure, you may purchase shoes that are comfortable as well as look good – but chances are they are not built specifically for your feet. They do not accommodate or correct gait or structural abnormalities, and likely do not prevent additional problems that you in particular may be susceptible to.
That's where custom orthotics come in. Orthotics are basically any type of orthopedic device meant to support a condition affecting the limbs or spine. This includes a wide variety of shoe inserts and ankle braces you can purchase at your local drugstore, as well as custom-molded versions you can get at your doctor’s office.
Custom-Made Orthotics For
- Diabetes. Not only do orthotics correct an issue with your feet, but they can help prevent additional harm. People with diabetes are at risk of foot ulcers that go unnoticed for too long and can result in severe complications such as tissue death and amputation. Specially designed orthotics can help diabetics reduce the risk of developing foot ulcers in the first place.
- Flat feet or foot deformities. Proper arch support is critical for people with fallen arches or genetic flatfoot. Custom-made orthotic devices can help to properly realign the foot to accommodate, correct, or prevent a multitude of structural abnormalities.
- A foot or ankle injury. Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics such as special shoes, a brace, cast, or other devices in order to ensure successful healing after an injury or treatment such as foot or ankle surgery. Athletes or others with tendonitis may benefit from a shoe insert that provides arch support or otherwise improves your foot position.
- Plantar fasciitis. For patients with plantar fasciitis, the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot between the toes and heel has become strained. Orthotics that stretch and support the arch of the foot can help alleviate the pain associated with plantar fasciitis, as can orthotic devices like heel inserts and night splints (which also stretch tightened calf muscles while you sleep).
Symptoms of many other conditions affecting the feet can be alleviated with custom orthotics, including arthritis, ankle sprains, heel pain, bunions, corns and calluses, hammertoe, and Morton’s neuroma.
It is important to visit your podiatrist to determine what type of orthotic you need. To ensure the fit and effectiveness of your new orthotic device, the foot doctors at The Podiatry Group of South Texas utilize a computerized analysis of your foot to develop a device that most appropriately deals with your specific foot or gait issues.
For Foot Orthotics Contact the Podiatrists in San Antonio, Boerne, Hondo, Floresville, Kenedy, Live Oak, TX
Find out how custom orthotics can make walking more comfortable for you. Call the foot and ankle professionals at The Podiatry Group of South Texas by calling the location nearest you to schedule your appointment or you can request one online.