If the structure of your feet is faulty, or an injury or deformity arises and affects how your feet function, orthotics are a way to protect them. We use orthotics to alleviate pain and excess strain and pressure on your feet, which in turn can also reduce the strain on your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back.
How do orthotics work? An orthotic, which is most often custom-molded to your foot, slips inside your shoe and is designed to either control an abnormal motion (functional) or provide extra cushioning and support (accommodative). An orthotic can stabilize the foot and limit how much it can move while standing or walking, it can help distribute weight evenly across the foot so that no one area is bearing more weight than it should, and it can cushion sensitive areas of the foot. This type of insert is beneficial for treating conditions such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, bunions, bursitis, tendonitis, shin splints, diabetic foot ulcers, and heel pain.
If you would like more information about how orthotics may bring relief for your foot pain, contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates. Make an appointment at our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374.