Could Orthotics Help with My Pain?
posted: Jul. 05, 2016.
What is causing my foot pain? How should I treat it? Learn the answers to these questions and more from your Alexandria podiatry.
The first and most ideal treatment for pain is a non-invasive solution. Orthotics are a common non-invasive treatment that your foot doctor may recommend if you’re experiencing foot problems. Find out if orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria can help you with your foot or ankle-related discomfort.
About Foot Pain
If you’re feeling persistent pain in your feet, it’s important that you get the problem diagnosed first. Sometimes it’s simply due to overworking on a particular day or wearing a bad pair of shoes. In some cases, it could be a condition like plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Patients most often experience pain at the balls of their feet, at the arch, at the base of the heel and around the toes. Some of these issues can be resolved with orthotics.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts that are made to fit inside of your shoes to give you better support and balance. There are three main types of orthotics that may be suggested and custom designed by your Alexandria foot doctor:
- Rigid (very firm and designed to provide support to the area under the ankle joint).
- Soft (cushioned feel and designed to relieve pressure on sore areas of the feet).
- Semi-rigid (a firm and cushioned insert that provides optimal balance, especially for athletes).
How Can Orthotics Help with Pain?
Orthotics help position your feet so that you will walk better, which eventually helps relieve pain. In many cases of foot pain, the patient walks in a way that repetitively puts pressure on a certain area of the foot. They also give optimal support to patients who have to stand for long periods of time. It’s important to have the orthotics custom-made by a doctor to ensure that they are properly formed to fit your unique foot shape.
Call for Answers and Relief from Foot Pain
Your Alexandria podiatrist can tell you if orthotics will help with your foot pain. Call (703) 971-7100 today to schedule an initial exam at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center.