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Orthotics May Benefit Patients Who Have Flat Feet

Orthotics are defined as supportive insoles that provide bone and joint stability, in addition to soft tissue protection. Many patients with flat feet are interested in wearing orthotics, which may relieve this condition. Moving efficiently can be done by having the midfoot flex like a bow while adding shock absorption to the walking style, or gait. There are two types of flat feet consisting of rigid and flexible. Orthotics that have low arches are suggested for people who have rigid flat feet, and flexible feet are indicated when the arch appears while sitting. These individuals may benefit from wearing medium arch orthotics, so it is essential to know which type of flat feet you may have. Additionally, orthotics that have deep heel cups can help to protect the fatty pad that is found under the heel bone. This is generally inadequate in providing heel stabilization. Many people who have flat feet choose to wear orthotics for many reasons, and it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist if you are interested in pursuing this form of relief.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Gerald McCool, DPM from McCool Podiatry. 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 office located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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