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Things to Consider While Measuring for Orthotics

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Orthotics are defined as inserts that are placed inside of a shoe that may help with specific foot conditions. They can be prescribed for toe or foot deformities, flat feet, or plantar fasciitis. There are certain things to consider when determining if orthotics are right for you. These can consist of existing scar tissue in the foot, any foot deformities, and the patient’s activity level. An effective method to measure for custom-made orthotics includes taking a plastic mold of the patient’s feet and adding specific materials which may provide relief from existing pressure. After the orthotics are worn it is beneficial for the feet to be closely monitored. Problematic symptoms to look for include swelling, redness, or if a foot ulcer has formed. If you have a foot condition that is causing you pain, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively determine if orthotics are the right treatment for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors 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 Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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