Orthotics are shoe inserts that can be recommended to correct problems in your gait or the structure of your feet. Overpronation is one kind of gait issue that can potentially be corrected with the use of orthotics. An individual has overpronation when their feet excessively roll inward during walking or running for shock absorption purposes. Overpronation ultimately puts unnecessary pressure both on the big toe and on the entire inner foot. To correct overpronation before it leads to other complications, you might use orthotics. Custom-made orthotics that are specifically fit to your foot type may be able to restrict the extent to which your foot rolls inward through arch support padding. To reduce strain on your ankle from overpronation, orthotics can redistribute and reallocate the pressure you put on your feet. Orthotics might even have heel wedges to restrict how much the heel moves forward when the feet are in motion. However, it is important to note that in some cases orthotics alone might not completely correct and eliminate your overpronation. If you have overpronation and are interested in possibly using orthotics, contact your podiatrist for help.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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.
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.
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.
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