Do you need a pair of custom orthotics? Or do you want to know more about the process of getting one? Well, look no further! We are here to help.
This page will provide an overview of what to expect from custom orthotics and how we can help you get the most out of them.
Why Custom Orthotics Help with Foot Pain
Custom orthotics can be an outstanding solution for some types of foot pain.
Our orthotics are used to correct imbalances in the feet and legs. This aids in managing foot pain and other issues caused by improper biomechanics, such as ankle, knee, hip, and back pain.
They are made for each patient based on their individual needs and measurements. An experienced orthotist will make a mold of your foot and build an insert specifically for you.
Conditions Custom Orthotics Help Treat
1. Plantar Fasciitis
Inflammation of the plantar fascia can cause debilitating, chronic heel pain. Custom orthotics can help support the arch of the foot and promote proper alignment, which helps minimize inflammation in the heel.
These are typically first noticed as bumps that form on the side of your big toe joint where it joins with your foot. Bunion pain often develops gradually as the big toe begins to push outward toward its neighboring toes instead of remaining parallel while walking. While orthotics will not correct a bunion deformity, they can help to control your pain and accommodate the deformity.
This condition may develop due to the following:
- Weakened ligaments in the foot
- Pes Planus foot structure (flat feet)
Hammertoes are when your toes are stuck in a bent position. This can cause them to rub together or on the inside of your shoes. Orthotics will not correct a hammertoe that already exists, but they can help to accommodate the deformity and minimize pain without requiring surgery.
4. Abnormal Pronation
People with flat feet over-pronate, leading to a collapse of the arch in their foot. Custom orthotics can help control the position of your arch and rearfoot in some instances. Some patients may benefit from a type of custom brace that supports the ankle joint as well.
Arthritis is a degenerative joint illness that causes pain and stiffness in joints. Custom orthotics may be useful to minimize the pain and slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
6. Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetics are at risk for developing neuropathy, which typically starts in the toes. Custom diabetic orthotics are a special type of custom insert designed for patients with diabetic neuropathy. They come with a pair of special shoes, and are used to prevent ulcers, infection, hospitalizations, and amputations.
7. Go Beyond with Treating Knee, Hip, and Back Pain.
Custom orthotics also treat knee and back pain resulting from uneven weight distribution in the lower body. The main goal is to help distribute weight evenly across all joints in your lower body, so you experience less pressure on specific areas, thus reducing pain from uneven pressure.
Store-Bought Shoe Inserts Vs. Custom Orthotics
Store-bought insoles are often sufficient and appropriate for many patients. At our practice, custom orthotics are primarily recommended for patients with significant deformity, pain, or specific comorbidities that require a custom device.
Get Your Pair of Custom Orthotics
We understand it is challenging to find the right pair of orthotics, so let us help!
The Foot & Ankle Group of Pittsburgh is a trusted name in the community, providing professional diagnostics and treatment options for your foot and ankle needs. We have years of experience treating patients with all types of foot and ankle conditions, including bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and fractures, among others.
Our team will work with you to develop custom orthotics for whatever foot and ankle pain you might have. If you are looking for the best foot and ankle care in town, please contact us at 724-774-1525 or submit a contact form online.
336 College Avenue, Suite 106, Beaver,
PA , 15009
Monday: 8am – 12pm
Tuesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 8am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8am – 12pm