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What Do Custom Orthotics Do?

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Orthotics that a podiatrist prescribes are custom-made appliances fit to your foot that slip into your shoes to help provide optimal body alignment and movement based on your individual foot structure and needs. They can be used to help correct structural problems or gait issues—either from birth, illness, or trauma—that may cause pain or reduce mobility. They can also be used in a preventative manner to help prevent the chance of injuries, reduce pressure on joints, and improve stability and stamina when walking or running. Custom, or prescription, orthotics can help a podiatrist treat patients with over-pronation (when the feet and ankles collapse inwardly), Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, diabetic foot ulcers, fallen arches, and more. Make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if custom orthotics may help you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

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 but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that 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 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 are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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