Could Orthotics Help Me?
posted: Nov. 03, 2017.
Do your feet and legs ache after standing or walking, even if you don't walk that far? Orthotics may help ease your pain. Dr. Angelo Pace of Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, explains how orthotics can help you.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts placed in your shoes. Unlike one-size-fits-all drugstore inserts, orthotics are molded to fit your feet and are designed to address your particular foot issues. Prescription orthotics are also much more durable than over-the-counter inserts, provide better support for your feet than over-the-counter inserts and last years rather than months.
How do orthotics relieve pain?
The proper alignment of your body depends on the condition of your feet. If you have a weak arch or foot imbalance, your entire body can suffer. Pain in the feet, ankle, legs, hips and back can be a sign of a foot problem that can be easily corrected simply by wearing orthotics in your shoes. Orthotics improve the position of your foot, ensuring that it provides a stable foundation for your entire body.
During your visit to our Alexandria office, Dr. Pace will examine your feet, review your medical history and watch the way you walk to determine if you have any issues that affect your gait. If you can benefit from orthotics, measurements and 3D images of your feet will be used to create orthotics that will decrease your pain and improve your comfort. There is an adjustment period when you first begin wearing orthotics. Initially, you may only wear the inserts for a few hours a day. As you get used to the inserts, you'll wear them for longer periods of time.
Will orthotics help me?
Orthotics can be helpful if you suffer from:
- Pain in your heels, feet, ankle, knees, hips or back
- Weak arches
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendonosis
- Foot imbalances or structural abnormalities
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Chronic pain from a previous foot or ankle injury
- Aches and pains when standing for hours
Orthotics can ease your foot and ankle pain. Find out if you can benefit from orthotics by scheduling a visit with Dr. Pace of Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, YA. Call (703) 971-7100 to make an appointment for the Walker Lane office or (703) 360-9292 for the Sherwood Hall Lane office.