Has walking, running, or standing become increasingly uncomfortable or painful?
If you experience it, you know that foot pain is not a laughing matter. But for adults – especially those with arthritis – it is quite common. Orthotics can help relieve your foot pain. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing all you need to know about orthotics and how they might be able to help you.
Also known as insoles, orthotics are molded pieces of leather, metal, plastic, rubber, or other synthetic material that is placed in your shoe. They are meant to provide relief from discomfort and pain by reducing the stress and pressure on your feet and reallocating weight. Simply put, they work by balancing your foot in a neutral position to cushion it from too much pounding.
Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories – functional and accommodative orthotics. The functional styles are designed to control irregular motion, and the accommodative orthotics provide support and cushioning.
There is a wide variety of orthotics available for various foot problems. Some of the conditions they can treat include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Arch and Heel Pain
- Tired, Aching Feet
- Foot and Ankle Pain
- Recurring Sprained Ankles
- Low Back And Knee Pain
- Walking Pain
- Flat Feet
- Diabetes-Related Pain
- Corns and Calluses
What Benefits Do Orthotics Provide?
While orthotics may not be right for every patient, they can make a substantial difference in the wellbeing and physical function of those who benefit from them. For example, orthotics can reduce pain and discomfort, reduce the risk of injury, and improve balance. They are available in a wide variety of prices to work with almost any budget, they are not permanent, and they are noninvasive.
If your feet hurt, you may want to talk to your podiatrist about your pain. He or she will examine your feet, back, and lower extremities and appraise your gait to determine which orthotics are the best choice for you.
If you would like to know if custom orthotics can help diminish your foot pain, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.