5 Reasons to Consider Custom Orthotics You Didn't Know About

If you walk into your local pharmacy, the foot care section offers up a dizzying array of insert options that all promise to relieve your foot pain and offer critical support. But do they work? Yes and no. Over-the-counter orthotics can often offer a temporary fix, but for a long-term solution to your foot problems, as well as other musculoskeletal issues, you’re better offer seeking the professional counsel — and products — that are designed by your podiatrist for your particular situation and goals.

Here at Progressive Podiatry, we offer custom orthotics that are made specifically for your feet, matching your unique mechanics, which provide a little extra support where your feet may fall short. In fact, we’ve helped many of our patients throughout the greater Brooklyn area find much-needed relief from foot pain or helped them prevent problems from cropping up in the first place.

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider custom orthotics, including some you may not have known.

A tailor-made solution

Your feet are incredibly complex structures and house more than one-quarter of the bones in your body. Surrounding your bones are a host of soft tissue components, such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles that provide support and stability.

When one area isn’t, quite literally, carrying its weight, it can throw off the delicate balance between your soft and hard tissue, creating serious problems in your feet that hamper your mobility.

But everyone’s feet are different, and this is an important point. When you come in to see us, we thoroughly analyze your feet to get a better idea of where the breakdown is occurring, or where it might occur, and we devise a solution using orthotics to provide the support you need. Since no two feet are alike (not even your own two feet), there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, which is where custom orthotics come in. We tailor your orthotics to address your unique issues, often preventing them from progressing to a point where you need more aggressive treatment.

Making up for Mother Nature

If you think about the size of your feet relative to the rest of your body, it’s amazing that they hold up as well as they do. Still, Mother Nature has a way of throwing curve balls at us and structural irregularities can seriously affect the function of your feet. Maybe your arches never developed, leaving you with flat feet. Or perhaps your arches are too high, making footwear uncomfortable.

Further still, you may be prone to bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and a host of other problems that impact your feet. In these cases, custom orthotics can step in and make up for Mother Nature by adding support to where your feet need it most.

Injury prevention

While custom orthotics are great for existing foot problems, many of our patients use them in order to prevent injury or damage in the first place. If you have any of the structural problems we listed above, or you’re plagued with tendon problems in your feet and ankles, including chronic tendinitis, your feet are more prone to injury.

By using custom orthotics, you can shore up your feet, allowing them to function in a more balanced way, taking the pressure off of these weaker, more vulnerable areas.

Lining up knees and hips

While custom orthotics help improve the function of your feet, they also help line up your knee and hip joints. For example, if your arches have fallen or you have flat feet, you may have pronation, which means your ankles roll inward. Conversely, if you have high arches, you may have supination, where your ankles roll out. In either case, your knees and hips feel the effect of this and have to adjust to accommodate the stance, causing them to become imbalanced.

With custom orthotics, we can get you to a more neutral stance and gait, allowing your hips and knees to function as they were designed.

Further north

Traveling up your body, your spine can be affected by feet that are out of balance, causing low back pain. In fact, a small problem in your feet can have a widespread impact on your entire musculoskeletal system as each joint on the way up from your feet adjusts to accommodate an injury or irregularity. This ultimately leads to your spine, which is at the core of your structural support.

By restoring balance to your feet with custom orthotics, we can help your body line up better, alleviating the secondary issues, like back pain, that come with problematic feet.

If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of custom orthotics, please give us a call or schedule an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

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