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I Have Foot Pain, Do I Need Custom Orthotics

“I have foot pain” is a very general and common statement in a podiatry office.  Most people go with pain their feet for months to  years before the problem is address and sometimes even longer until it is actually treated by the proper health care professional.  “Do I need orthotics” is probably the second most common question in a podiatry office because the patient has foot pain.  That is why it is very important to see your podiatrist if you have any kind of foot pain or ailment for proper evaluation and treatment. 

Custom orthotics are devices that are placed inside shoes to help correct abnormal walking patterns, improve foot function, decrease pain/increase support, decrease the load with appropriate design features, increase ability for tissues to adapt to higher loads, and allow for better balance.  Many times people and advertisers confuse orthotics with arch supports, which are over-the-counter devices available in stores.  Arch supports claim to improve foot pain, but most have been found to be made of gels that may help with foot pain, but not with arch support. 

There are two types of orthotics, functional orthotics and accommodative orthotics.  Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion that can help treat injury and are usually made with semi-rigid material.  Accommodative orthotics are softer and provide more cushioning and support in patients with painful calluses, diabetic foot ulcers, and severe foot deformities. 

A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is vital for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet.  Custom orthotics can only be prescribed and purchased through your podiatrist, everything else is false advertisement.  Custom means “fit to only you, not to anyone else”, everyone’s foot type is unique.  If there are any other questions feel free to contact the office at 973  673 - 3668.

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