What are orthotics?

Orthotics are devices that correct issues in the foot and the ankle. They look very similar to traditional and generic insoles, except that they’re made to uniquely mold to the shape of your foot. Orthotics can show exceptional results in restoring the proper alignment of your foot and ankle, as well as regulate your blood circulation and comfort.

When should I get custom orthotics?

The team at specialists can recommend orthotics for a wide range of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Heel and ankle pain
  • Foot arch pain
  • Leg pain
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions

If you think you might be experiencing one or more of the above symptoms or conditions, call specialists to find out whether orthotics are right for you.

How do orthotics work?

Orthotics correct the alignment of your feet and ankles by redirecting the feet into a proper position. For example, if your feet turn inward, the orthotics can help them face forward. The primary benefit of custom orthotics is that they’re made to fit the shape of your foot, so they should feel natural and comfortable. You might need a couple of days to adjust to having an orthotic in your shoe, but this process isn’t painful.

How are orthotics made?

During your appointment at specialists, your podiatrist uses imaging technology to map out the shape of your foot. This image allows them to produce a custom orthotic designed exclusively for you. You can have custom orthotics made for any type of shoe, including athletic shoes and those you wear to work. You only have to wait a few days after your initial appointment to receive your orthotics.

How long will my orthotics last?

Orthotics are designed to last up to 10 years, granted you take good care of them. In most cases, you won’t even need to come in for adjustments, as they’re designed to be durable and of high-quality.

Nonetheless, your podiatrist might want you to schedule regular check-ups to ensure that the orthotics are working correctly. If, for instance, you continue to experience pain even with orthotics, that means that you should either have them adjusted or that orthotics aren’t the right treatment for your situation.

Foot and ankle pain don’t have to rule your life. Get in touch with the team of podiatrists at specialists today by phone or online to find out more about the wide-ranging uses of orthotics.

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