We prescribe orthotics frequently, often several times per day. There’s a reason for that, of course—these versatile tools are extremely helpful relieving pain and improving biomechanics, for a wide range of common and not-so-common foot and ankle problems. In short: they work.
But that doesn’t mean you can just stop by the pharmacy, pick any pair of insoles off the rack, slip them in your shoes, and all your problems are solved! Maybe they will bring some relief; maybe they won’t do anything (or even make the problem worse!). Perhaps you really need a custom orthotic. Maybe you just need a new pair of shoes. We always recommend that you stop in and see one of our specialists if your feet are hurting—that way, we determine with a lot more certainty whether or not you need orthotics, and if so, we can fit you with a pair that we’re confident will work.
Here are some common signs that orthotics might be beneficial:
- Chronic foot pain. If you find that pain is long-lasting or keeps returning, there’s a good chance your biomechanics has something to do with it. The right pair of orthotics can be really effective here.
- Chronic pain in the knees, hips, or back. Feet that are misaligned force the rest of the skeleton to readjust in order to compensate. This can cause pain all the way up the legs and spine.
- Foot deformities. Bunions, hammertoes, flat arches, and other deformities in foot shape are a good indication that something is wrong with your biomechanics. Soft orthotics can help relieve the pain and pressure, too.
- Diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, a pair of custom orthotics (often accompanied by a pair of diabetic shoes) will often be prescribed to help you prevent the formation of wounds or development of other foot problems.
- Worn out shoes. If you notice excessive wear primarily along the inside or outside of your shoes, or that the treats have worn off on one shoe but not the other, it may be a sign of a gait abnormality that can be corrected by orthotics.
Again, the only person who can truly tell you whether you need orthotics is a licensed, trained specialist. If you’re dealing with any kind of foot pain or disability, please book an appointment with the team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists today. You can give us a call at (480) 963-9000.