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Common Orthotic Myths

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Pair of orthoticsCongratulations are in order! The North Richardson area was recently ranked in the top five for best neighborhoods throughout the Metroplex in the 2014 Best Neighborhoods feature in The Dallas Morning News. Richardson took fourth overall, with the northeast area ranked second for the healthiest and the northside ranked third for empty nesters. But Richardson isn’t just for parents and the elderly—it’s for everyone. The same rings true when it comes to foot supports. We’re here to dispel orthotic myths and bring the truth to the forefront.

The first myth is that orthotics are just for senior citizens, which isn’t true. Foot problems like heel pain, bunions, flat feet, and high arches can affect anyone, regardless of age. Orthotics can prevent and treat conditions for kids, teenagers, and young adults. In fact, early treatment might keep these problems from getting worse.

Another myth is that custom orthotics are the same as store-bought inserts. The truth? Custom orthotics can only be prescribed by a podiatrist. This happens after they’ve examined your walk, standing posture, and foot type. After they look over your feet, they create a custom mold for you using measurements and a foot scan. This process makes them much different than store-bought molds, which are not customized to your exact foot type and typically wear out a lot faster than a specially-made device. Custom orthotics are specifically formed to alleviate pressure and treat serious foot complications like ulcers, neuromas, and other issues.

Another orthotic myth to add to the discussion is that they hurt. Of course, there is a break-in period that might cause you a little soreness as your feet adjust. However, this discomfort should subside after a few weeks, when you can start wearing the supports full time.

If you have a foot condition that’s giving you pain when you walk, run, or play sports, you may want to consider an orthotic. Don’t believe the myths—they could cause you a lot of pain. Call Richardson Podiatry Associates at (972) 690-5374, make an appointment online, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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