Many painful foot and ankle problems are caused or made worse by the biomechanics of the way we walk. From bunions to heel spurs, our strides and how we bear the weight of our bodies can play a huge role in our foot health. That is why correcting or altering how we use our feet through the use of orthotics often provides patients with long-term relief from foot problems and can help return the spring to their step.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are molded inserts that are placed inside shoes to alter the way we walk, correct minor deformities, or keep joints appropriately aligned. You can purchase one-size-fits-most orthotic inserts at any drug store, but these store-bought inserts are not designed to address the specific problem you are experiencing and may not fit in a way that can effectively address the issue.
Custom orthotics, on the other hand, are specially formed to fit the shape and contours of your feet – your arches in particular – and are designed to provide optimal effectiveness for your specific foot or ankle problem. A scanner is most often used to obtain a precise image of your feet, and the orthotics are then molded accordingly.Read More