Custom Orthotics for Pain Relief and Comfort
If you suffer from consistent foot or ankle pain, custom orthotics are one potential option for treating it. Whether orthotics or another form of treatment is preferred largely depends on the underlying causes of your discomfort.
That said, if your problem is based upon an abnormality in structure or gait (the way you walk), custom orthotics may just be a prime part of your treatment plan.
Just What Are Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are devices that are designed to provide cushioning, support, and corrective influence to the feet. They often take the form of inserts that are placed within shoes or boots.
Orthotics can be made of different types of materials, including foam, plastic, graphite, or fabric. The composition of an orthotic will largely depend on its purpose:
- Functional orthotics are designed to focus on correction of abnormal movements, such as in a patient whose feet roll too far inward when walking (i.e. overpronation). They are made of more rigid, stiffer materials than not.
- Accommodative orthotics focus on providing cushioning and support to needed areas of the feet. As part of this design, they tend to be made with softer foams and materials.
It is also possible for a custom orthotic insert to contain elements of both types, and that “custom” part ends up being very important when it comes to seeing results!
What Makes Custom Orthotics “Custom”?
There are pre-fabricated orthotic inserts you can find at a store, but they will never provide the exact, measured amounts of cushioning and corrective support that a custom orthotic can.
Custom orthotics are based on a mold made of your feet and are literally prescribed to exact specifications that you need.
Why so specific? The foot is a very intricate, organic machine with many moving parts. Even small shifts away from normal movement, or the way weight is distributed across the foot can lead to pain and problems such as plantar fasciitis.
A pre-made orthotic from a store may provide a bit of relief, but it is not going to match what someone exactly needs. The balance of factors a patient may need, such as extra support for a flat arch, or extra pressure taken off the forefoot, should be as precise as possible to provide full relief and help prevent future injuries.
How Do You Know if Custom Orthotics are Right for You?
Custom orthotics will not be the ideal treatment choice for everyone. Other conservative methods such as exercise, stretching, changes in footwear, advanced treatments, and others might be better at addressing specific situations. In more severe cases, surgery might be the only real option, but this is very rare.
The best way to determine whether you need custom orthotics is the best thing to do anytime you are suffering from consistent foot, ankle, or heel pain: come to see us! We have the experience and knowledge to get to the root of the problem. From there, we can recommend treatments and lifestyle changes for moving forward with less or fully eliminated pain.
We have three offices to serve. Call any of them to schedule an appointment:
- Hillsborough – (908) 722-3668
- Edison – (908) 222-8980
- Warren – (732) 356-3668