How Custom Orthotics May Help Your Feet, Knees, and Back


Custom orthotic shoe inserts and ankle support devices treat and prevent foot and ankle issues by helping to isolate and cushion problem areas, and by optimally redirecting pressure. The improved alignment improves knee, hip, and back function as well.

How custom orthotics can help your feet, knees, and back too:

  • Proper arch support—Having the proper arch support is essential to proper foot function. Improper support can cause you to alter your gait, causing knee and back pain. When your feet are properly aligned, so are your knees, hips, and back.
  • Treatment of foot pain and discomfort—Cushioning and support provide pain relief and can isolate deformities like bunions and hammertoes and prevent rubbing and blister formation.
  • Improves balance, coordination, and stability—Having weak ankles and poor balance can increase falls and possibly cause life-changing injuries. Specially made shoes with a wider toe box and deeper heel cup provide additional room for orthotic ankle supports to increase stability and prevent falls.
  • Can totally prevent or postpone any need for surgery—Custom orthotic inserts can be used to treat problems that would otherwise require surgery, especially when employed early in the condition.

A properly made and positioned orthotic insert will provide rapid relief and help prevent future problems, so contact your foot doctor for help. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle 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 conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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