Orthotics can help to counteract discomfort caused by a variety of foot conditions, including deformities, which can cause an imbalance in general mobility and result in pain in the heels, ankle joints, legs and all the way up to the lower back. These foot support devices are usually custom fitted to the specific contours of a patient’s feet so that they adjust foot function to acclimate deformities. They are very helpful in the way they prevent or delay invasive surgeries by reducing ongoing damage from deformities.
Orthotics include foot pads, shoe inserts, and ankle braces. Foot pads and insoles are placed inside shoes, which makes footwear choice equally as important. Ankle braces treat a variety of foot conditions and also come in custom versions as well to provide stability and support for deformities. This support helps to put an end to further injury that would have been caused by a given deformity.
Shoes play an important role also:
- The footwear that insoles and pads are placed into should have a large toe box region to prevent further irritation or friction.
- Shoes should be constructed with breathable and light materials like leather or canvas.
- Shoes should have sufficient cushioning that work in conjunction with orthotics to provide maximum support.
- Shoes may also be custom made with a large depth to make up for deformities that may not be suitable for regular fitting shoes.
Orthotics can provide a wide array of benefits for feet that can have a positive effect on the body. At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, located in Chicago, Illinois, our foot doctor Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, will ensure that your feet are fitted with quality orthotics so that any foot deformities can benefit from the support they provide. Please don’t hesitate to take that first step and make an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100. Also, explore our Patient Education Library to gain further insight into how the foot can develop many other complications and what you can do to mitigate their effect on your feet!