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What Orthotics Can Do for Your Feet
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
October 25, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Find out if getting custom orthotics could make walking or running a bit easier.

You’ve probably see shoe inserts at your local pharmacy or grocery store. Perhaps you’ve even seen them being sold on TV. These orthoticsdevices are designed to fit inside your shoes to provide support and cushioning while reducing common symptoms. Of course, non-prescription orthotics aren’t right for everyone and our Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, MD podiatrists are here to tell you who could actually benefit from custom orthotics.

What makes prescription orthotics a great choice for your feet is that they are specially designed for your feet and no one else. It will be crafted to the shape of your feet to make it easier for you to move. Custom orthotics can only be made after our Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington foot doctor has thoroughly examined your feet and decided that orthotics could improve the health of your feet.

For those who just want a little added comfort while wearing their typical daily shoe, you may be able to get away with using the shoe inserts from your local drugstore; however, if you are someone who is dealing with any foot pain, swelling or discomfort then it’s time you gave us a call. We can assess your symptoms, determine the cause, observe how you walk and then decide whether custom orthotics are the right choice.

People dealing with these common foot problems may find relief through prescription orthotics:

  • Bursitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Foot or ankle pain

There are two types of orthotics from which to choose: functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics are used to reduce foot pain and to make it easier to move without pain. They are often made from semi-rigid material and can even be helpful for easing symptoms of minor injuries like tendinitis or even shin splints. Conversely, accommodative orthotics are going to be a bit softer and may be more beneficial if you require more cushioning to prevent callus- or foot-ulcer pain.

If you are interested in getting custom orthotics in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, MD or you want to find out how your feet could benefit, then it’s time to book an appointment with Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland to learn more.