So you’ve been struggling with heel pain for a while now—maybe it’s a sharp pain that hits you right when you get out of bed in the morning, or a dull ache that grows into a stiff, tender, painful obstacle a few hours after vigorous activity. At this point you’ve tried a few pairs of “orthotic” inserts from your local drug store, but they haven’t really helped—at least not for long, anyway. Would custom orthotics really be any better for your heel pain?
The answer: probably yes! Even if basic inserts haven’t helped, there’s a good chance custom orthotics can.
Although custom orthotics aren’t the best choice in every case—sometimes symptoms can be resolved and prevented without them—they are typically much more effective than the insoles you can get at the store. Because they’re made from an actual mold of your foot and can be made in a variety of styles and from a variety of materials, custom orthotics can be crafted to match exactly what your foot needs. Custom orthotics are a treatment option for heel cushioning, arch support, or restricting biomechanically inefficient motion. Unlike the basic cushioning of “one size fits none” inserts you can buy off the shelf, orthotics can actually be prescribed to treat a specific, diagnosable medical problems, including common heel pain conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona, we take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating heel pain. Custom orthotics are one of the most common (and effective) strategies, but not the only one. A careful evaluation of your feet and biomechanics (potentially including a gait analysis) can help us pinpoint the exact source of the problem, so that we can custom-tailor the most effective treatment course for you.
The important thing to remember is that heel pain is not normal, and if constant discomfort and pain is keeping you from the things you love, make an appointment with us at either our Chandler or Gilbert, AZ office so you can get back on your feet. Fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you, or you can call us directly at (480) 963-9000.