Orthotics are a very useful tool for podiatrists since they can help patients with a variety of foot pain by relieving pressure in an efficient manner. They can be utilized to align and support the foot and ankle to stop, correct or help with foot deformities that may otherwise require invasive procedures. They can be in the form of different devices so long as they help with mobility and reduce pain. They can be used to support flat feet and also reduce the onset of tendinitis. They can be in the form of a brace that reduces pain from arthritis or provides support to stop ankle sprains before they can happen. Cushions that are applied to the heel take the impact from walking and alleviate pressure on the heel when used correctly. These devices are used to help with stabilizing the foot so that it can stay in the correct position, allowing for maximum functionality through proper shock absorption, all of which works to stop injuries throughout the whole body!
Generally, the best orthotics are made custom to fit the exact contours of a person’s particular feet. This allows for the orthotics to fit the needs of a specific area of the foot without compromising other functions when performing routine activities. These custom created orthotics are made by using an impression of the foot that maps out misalignments of the foot through computer technology. When they are used correctly, foot deformities can be treated with precision.
Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can try to use these devices to help alleviate your foot pain without invasive methods. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, IL for more information on how these devices can provide a variety of benefits to the whole body by managing pressure applied to the foot,. Our Patient Education Library offers more information about this and many other foot conditions.