Custom orthotics can help fix or mitigate the pain of many common foot conditions without the need for surgery. Some people will try the prefabricated shoe inserts that can be found at your local drug store, but others prefer the more profound benefits that are achieved when the inserts are custom molded to your individual foot shape.
Orthotic inserts redistribute and precisely alter the stress and pressure on certain areas of the foot to treat a wide variety of conditions including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, calluses, and foot ulcers. They can also be formulated in conjunction with a computerized gait analysis to align the foot and correct gait abnormalities that adversely impact the knees, hips, and back.
For some patients with advanced foot problems, such as diabetes sufferers, surgery needs to be avoided due to the many possible complications. Special diabetic shoes with additional room for ankle supports and orthotic inserts are an excellent choice for these patients.
Orthotics can also be used to help promote healing and reduce pain after a surgical procedure. Although custom orthotics can be expensive, many patients find them indispensable to the care and health of their feet.
If you need assistance with custom orthotics and diabetic footwear, our foot care specialists at Your Next Step can help. Our convenient in-office shoe store is stocked with a wide variety of fabulous footwear to help treat your aches and pains. Our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies and years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of podiatric problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.