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Orthoses, commonly called orthotics, are inner soles that are placed in the shoes. Some types are prefabricated and available for purchase in retail stores, and others are custom-made by a podiatrist. Research has shown that custom orthotics are generally more helpful in reducing foot pain and correcting other foot issues. If you have tried store-bought orthotics and are not finding relief, it may be time to consult a podiatrist. A foot examination may include testing the range of motion, muscle strength, and bone structure. Your walking pattern, which is known as the gait, will be assessed, along with a discussion of what may be causing the pain you are experiencing. Other factors, such as the type of shoes that are worn, lifestyle choices, activities, and work conditions will be considered. A cast or scan is then taken, and the orthotic is crafted specifically for your foot. This may address toe and foot deformities, arch problems, gait abnormalities, and heel problems. For more information on custom orthoses, please consult a podiatrist. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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