Custom Fix for your Feet
After working and staying on your feet all day, you are probably tired. Your feet also probably ache from all of the use. Even with the world’s best pair of shoes, you can still experience discomfort when you use your feet all the time. Sometimes people use over-the-counter pain medications to help their aching feet. Others use custom orthotics made for them by their podiatrist. These orthotics can help a wide variety of different pains and problems of the foot.
Orthotics are often thought of as sole inserts in a shoe. In actuality, there are many different types of orthotics available. The best orthotics are those that are custom made for your foot and for your particular ailment. Some orthotics encompass just the heel of the foot. Other orthotics focus on the toes. There are even orthotics that work on stability, the ankle, the sides of the feet and so much more. If you experience foot pain and discomfort, then there is likely an orthotic device that is right for your foot.
Orthotics fit seamlessly into the shoe. That way, when you are wearing it, the orthotic does not further irritate the foot. They tend to be relatively thin and are not very bulky. When a podiatrist starts the process of designing an orthotic for you, they will usually have you wear the shoes that you plan to use the device in. This allows them to get the best fit possible for your foot.
If you try on your orthotic device and it is uncomfortable in a shoe, you should let your podiatrist know right away. Discomfort can lead to severe foot problems. Blisters, wounds, bunions and spurs can all happen if an orthotic device is not worn properly. In order to avoid such issues, be sure to consult with your podiatrist if your foot is uncomfortable in your device.
Orthotics are generally made out of medical grade plastics and metals. This makes them sturdy and durable. They do require a gentle wipe down regularly to stay in the best shape possible. Some orthotics also come with detachable parts. These parts need replacing about every 5 years or so, depending on the part. The orthotic itself should last anywhere between 7-10 years. That means that a one-time investment can give you healthy feet foot for as much as a tenth of your lifetime!
If you suffer from foot pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions or other foot and ankle conditions, you should consider making an appointment for a custom orthotic device. Not only will it help quell your pain, it will also get you on the right track again. Don’t have a podiatrist? Call our office of extremely talented doctors. Let us help! Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank can help you create a custom orthotic to meet your needs. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.