Why Podiatrists Prescribe Orthotics

We podiatrists have a special tool in our cache of treatments. It’s neither a generic pill nor a blanket, one-size-fits-all treatment. It’s safe for children and adults, and it’s completely customized for you, the individual patient, designed to improve your very specific foot pain.

What kind of medicine could be so personalized just for you? It’s an orthotic device, also called an orthotic insert, orthotics, or even just plain “shoe insert.”

What orthotics do

Orthotics are something you place in your shoes to fix a specific mechanical problem. Sometimes people are born with very specific foot deformities; other times these deformities can develop over time. Any time there’s a slight misalignment in your foot or ankle, you can have pain while walking. Orthotics are designed to correct misalignments, provide cushioning, and generally make it less painful to walk or exercise.

Conditions that orthotics can treat

At Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, Megan L. Oltmann, DPM and Craig B. Frey, DPM prescribe orthotics to treat a wide range of foot conditions. Common problems like bunions, hammertoes, or corns can be treated with orthotics. They can also improve the pain from tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and high or low arches. Children who suffer from out-toeing or in-toeing (“pigeon toes”) can benefit from the use of orthotic inserts too.

Where to get orthotics

There are basically two types of orthotics:

  1. Your can purchase over-the-counter orthotics in most drug stores or pharmacies.
  2. Our expert podiatrists can fit you for custom orthotics. While these are more expensive and take time to order, they are specifically molded to your They last longer than over-the-counter varieties and also provide more support, since they’re made out of very durable materials.

Our podiatrists will often choose custom orthotics as part of a conservative treatment program, before resorting to surgery or other invasive measures. Ask Dr. Frey or Dr. Oltmann about custom orthotics by calling us at our office in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041. You may also contact us online.