A foot injury is not something you can ignore. You don’t realize how it limits daily activity and keeps you from doing the things you love until you feel the pain. Plus, a foot injury can affect the way you walk and stand, putting stress on parts of your body that aren’t generally stressed. This increased stress results in compensatory pain in your neck, shoulders, back, or hip.
If you’re healing from a foot injury, the doctors here at Go Feet may recommend custom orthotics. These inserts, made especially for you, aren’t only designed to provide comfort and help you heal, but to correct a structural problem with your feet. Orthotics can help prevent compensation and improve pain, meaning you’ll be able to recover from a foot injury much faster.
Orthotics can maximize your mechanical advantage. They coax your foot to work in the way it’s supposed to, thus correcting structural imperfections. When fitted by experts, such as Dr. Honick, Dr. Williamson and Dr. Saymeh, you get orthotics designed to correct the appropriate problem.
Custom orthotics reduce your pain and increase mobility by also making it more comfortable to bear weight on an injured foot. They provide extra cushioning, while correcting biomechanical foot issues.
Custom orthotics are made of high-quality components, so they typically last a lot longer than over-the-counter options. The inexpensive options may feel good at first, but they don’t offer lasting relief or healing. Plus, the inexpensive drugstore variety inserts aren’t custom-made specifically for you. This means they’re less likely to help you heal from your injury and could cause more problems in the long run.
Custom orthotics can also prevent further injury to a healing foot. Many problems, including plantar fasciitis, arch pain, and heel spurs, are caused by poor foot alignment. By correcting your stance and gait, orthotics can prevent future injuries to your feet.
Signs you’d benefit from orthotics
A recent injury to your toes, ankle, or forefoot may benefit from custom orthotics. Injury may include muscle strains, surgery, or connective tissue issues. Our doctors may recommend orthotics if you have pain, not just in the feet but also in the ankle, knee, hip, or back.
A mold of your feet is then sent to a lab to create the orthotics according to the doctor’s prescription.
The exact type of orthotic you receive depends on your injury and needs. A rigid or functional orthotic is made from plastic or carbon fiber and intends to ease foot aches and strains. This rigid orthotic can also help with pain in the legs, thighs, and lower back.
Soft orthotics are made from soft, compressive materials that take the pressure off sore spots such as with plantar fasciitis.
If you recently experienced a foot injury, consider getting custom orthotics to help it heal, and reduce the risk of developing more injuries in the future. Call Go Feet, or book an appointment using this website to schedule a consultation and learn how you can relieve pain today. You and our team of doctors can discuss custom orthotics as well as other complementary therapies.