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The Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics are tailor-made devices designed to support the foot's structure, significantly aiding in pain relief and enhanced foot function. Custom orthotics can alleviate discomfort linked to conditions like plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or high arches, thus preventing future injuries. Beyond pain relief, these specialized inserts can enhance posture and bodily alignment. By correcting foot and ankle imbalances, orthotics reduce strain on knees, hips, and the lower back. They are particularly beneficial for athletes and those leading an active lifestyle, as they improve balance, stability, and shock absorption. Furthermore, custom orthotics can even improve blood circulation and are beneficial for patients with conditions like diabetes. If you are struggling with foot pain and seek optimal foot health, custom orthotics can help. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if these natural and non-invasive pain relievers will help you improve the quality of your life.

If you are experiencing discomfort in your feet and would like to try custom orthotics, contact Shawn Echard, DPM from Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain. 

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Shoe inserts come in a wide variety and are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality, custom inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you're experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibility of using custom orthotics or shoe inserts. A podiatrist can determine which type of custom orthotic or shoe insert is right for you and help you take the first steps toward being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Greensburg and Somerset, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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