All Orthotics Are Not Created Equally

Orthotics are prescribed for several painful conditions, but not all orthotics and inserts are created equally. Over-the-counter inserts that can be purchased at most athletic stores and drug stores can be helpful to a degree, but they soon lose their effectiveness or cause other issues. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is discussing some of the differences between store-bought orthotics and those that are prescribed by a podiatrist.

How do you know if you need orthotics?
You may benefit from orthotics if you have:

  • Feet with high arches or flat feet;
  • Painful, aching ankles or feet after standing for long periods of time;
  • Pain in your hips, back or knees;
  • Foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis, etc.

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts that are used to treat a wide variety of ankle and foot conditions and increase overall comfort. They help people walk, run, and stand more comfortably.

Prescription orthotics are crafted after being custom-molded to your feet by hand with a plaster casting to produce duplicate shells of the feet. These molds help the podiatrist create your custom-fit orthotics.

While our ankles and feet change over time, custom orthotics seldom change. If you have – or had – custom orthotics, your prescription may need to be changed to fit your changing ankles and feet as you age. They can be altered to fit practically any shoe or activity.

Orthotic insoles are prescribed for people of all ages and activities for any number of conditions. While OTC inserts may be designed for your shoe size, they are not tailored to fit your foot or treat your existing condition.

The reason there is such a difference in price between the two types has to do with the durability and quality of the materials used, together with the customized molding process. They may cost more, but they last longer and are much more effective.

If you suffer from chronic foot, heel, or toe pain that you think may be related to how your feet are supported as you walk and run, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

Can Orthotics Help With Your Foot Pain? Yes!

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:

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.

Nervous About Your Neuromas?

If you’re experiencing foot pain, you may be wondering what could be causing it. Many conditions affect the feet, and one such condition is known as a neuroma. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information to relieve your anxiety.

A neuroma is a disorder of the nerves that can result in a great deal of pain. Sometimes referred to as a pinched nerve, it is actually a nerve growth or tumor many of which are benign (noncancerous).

What Are the Symptoms of a Neuroma?

The most common symptom of a neuroma is foot pain that is usually felt at the location of the neuroma, which is most often between the toes. These tumors can also cause tingling in the ball of the foot, a burning feeling, or even numbness in the foot.

Walking is often particularly painful for people who are suffering from a neuroma. At the first onset of pain, the person often assumes that they have a pebble in their shoe, as the growth can cause inflammation in the foot.

What Causes a Neuroma?

There is no one identified cause of a neuroma; however, there are some possible ones to consider. For instance, trauma to the nerve in the foot can cause inflammation and irregularities in the anatomy of the foot – such as flat feet or extra bones – can also cause a neuroma. They can also be the result of stress injuries from high-impact activities, many hours on your feet at work, or wearing poorly-fitting footwear.

Can a Neuroma Be Treated at Home?

If you suspect that you are suffering from a neuroma, you can try certain therapies at home to lessen your discomfort. Ice massages may reduce pain and swelling in the foot. Rub or massage ice on the ball of the foot and in between the toes for immediate relief.

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines can also diminish your discomfort. Orthotics can redistribute the pressure on your foot when you are walking or standing to put less pressure on the neuroma and reduce irritation and pain.

What Medical Treatments Are Available?

In addition to home remedies, a number of medical treatments can also help relieve the discomfort from a neuroma. For example, corticosteroid shots are used to decrease inflammation in the affected area and reduce pain.

There are two surgical procedures that can also provide relief from a neuroma. With the decompression technique, your podiatrist will take out the ligament that is applying pressure to the affected nerve. Another option is to remove the nerve entirely, but doctors typically leave this as a last resort because it can result in numbness that is permanent.

Now that you know these facts about neuromas, it’s time you receive the care you need to finally eliminate your foot pain. Call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation so we can work together to relieve your pain and your anxiety!