Orthotics are used to correct moveable parts of the foot so as to reduce pain, swelling or any other symptom from a variety of foot and ankle conditions. Shoe inserts are orthotics that help to support and align the foot to correct an abnormal application of pressure on the foot or an irregular walking pattern. This correction is done by changing the angles that the foot strikes the ground and cushioning it from unnecessary pressures. They are especially helpful since when your foot is out of alignment, it can create stress and cause an unbalance that can lead to many other complications.
Custom orthotics are made specifically to fit the contours of your particular feet and may require a prescription. They are made of high quality materials that can last for many years. Orthotics are also used to treat issues such as plantar fasciitis, tendinitis and diabetic foot ulcers. Arch supports, insoles, heel liners and foot cushions are other forms of orthotics that help with reducing pain in the feet. Arch supports help counteract high arches, low arches and flat feet by supporting the natural arch of the foot. Insoles supply cushioning and support. Heel liners also provide additional cushioning to the heel and can help reduce pain caused by thinning of the heel’s natural padding. Foot cushions create a space between the foot and shoe and provide ample space and cushioning to counteract a number of friction related pains.
Due to the short and long-term benefits that orthotics can provide right away, it is beneficial to have your shoes fitted by a foot doctor!
Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, provides superior foot and ankle pain management through the use of orthotics. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, IL to get a quality consultation. Our Patient Education Library should also be utilized to learn about the complexities of the foot and how you can take proactive measures to ensure the long-term health of your feet and ankles.