What Type of Orthotic Do I Need?

What Type of Orthotic Do I Need?

Orthotics are inserts that are placed inside the shoe. They can be purchased in a store or can be custom-made to correct a specific foot condition. These can include bunions, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, or neuromas, and choosing the right type of orthotic may help to reduce existing pain and discomfort. People who have flat feet or other foot abnormalities may benefit from wearing orthotics. An over-the-counter orthotic is generally chosen based on what the foot condition and shoe size is, whereas kiosk orthotics are chosen by having a foot scan performed. When orthotics are custom-made, an evaluation of activity level, medical conditions, height and weight is done to determine what type of materials the orthotics will be made from. If you have a foot abnormality and are interested in learning about different kinds of orthotics, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine which type is best for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact The Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M.  Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions, please contact our Livonia office at 734-522-7676.  We can help!