There are hundreds of reasons why your feet might hurt. But the one simple solution to your foot pain could be custom orthotics. Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct various foot problems such as bunions, high or low arches, ankles that turn in when you walk or run, arthritis, toe deformities, and nerve pain. These problems arise from underlying issues such as:
- biomechanical imbalances
- stress fractures
- overuse injuries
- shoes that don’t fit well
- damage from normal aging
“Custom” means we create the orthotics to fit your foot and correct your specific problem. First, our expert podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland determine whether you would benefit from custom orthotics. Next, we use the latest technology to scan your foot. Finally, we convert the information from the scan into custom orthotic inserts that slip into your shoes.
Orthotics can be rigid or soft. Soft orthotics provide support and act as cushions to make shoes more comfortable around your problem area. The design of rigid orthotics improves pain by changing how your foot moves when you walk or run.
Custom vs. over the counter
Non-custom orthotics are pre-made in small, medium, and large sizes. They’re readily available online and at your local shoe store or drug store. They may do the job of minimizing your foot pain. But there are some disadvantages to over-the-counter inserts:
- Because they are not molded to your unique foot, they don’t provide a perfect fit.
- They may not address the root cause of your problem.
- They don’t last as long as custom orthotics.
Find out if custom orthotics can help alleviate your foot pain. Make an appointment for a full foot exam at our Solon, Ohio podiatry office by clicking here or calling (440) 903-1041. Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey will be pleased to fit custom orthotics to feet from anywhere in Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, and Geauga counties.