When a patient arrives at the podiatrist’s office complaining of pain when standing or walking, custom orthotics are often employed to correct posture or gait. How much do you know about orthotics?
1. Orthotics slip into your shoes to improve your foot movement and lead to increased comfort, stability, and mobility.
2. Clinical research has demonstrated that podiatrist-prescribed orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
3. Because orthotics are medical devices, many insurance plans provide coverage for them.
4. Unlike over-the-counter insoles available at drug stores and other locations, orthotics are custom-made just for you by a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. James M. McKee.
5. Orthotics are a sensible investment. Store-bought insoles have to be replaced every few months. Custom orthotics last for years. In the long run, they might actually cost less than those gel inserts do!
6. The process of creating your orthotics begins with a thorough examination of your feet that might include x-rays, computer scans, and other imaging.
8. There are two kinds of orthotics: Functional orthotics are firm and are used to control abnormal motion and resulting conditions such as shin splints or tendinitis. Accommodative orthotics are softer and offer cushioning and support. They can be used to treat side effects of diabetes, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.
If foot pain is making it hard for you to be comfortable standing or walking, orthotics may provide relief. Call Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. at 410-224-4448 or click here today to schedule an appointment with James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS in our comfortable office on Solomons Island Road.