How Orthotics Can Help Treat a Variety of Foot Conditions

How Orthotics Can Help Treat a Variety of Foot Conditions

If you’re prone to foot pain when walking or standing, orthotics are an effective, non-invasive way to increase your comfort when wearing shoes. But these inserts can do so much more.

At Lake Erie Podiatry, our experienced podiatrist, Michael Ruiz, DPM, specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of foot conditions. Dr. Ruiz often uses custom orthotics as part of the treatment plan for foot pain and its underlying cause.

What to know about custom orthotics

Orthotics are inserts that fit inside your shoes. The inserts provide your feet with support and extra cushioning to keep you comfortable when you’re on the go.

While there are many types of orthotics available over-the-counter at pharmacies and department stores, Dr. Ruiz relies on custom orthotics to address specific foot conditions.

Custom orthotics are designed to fit your foot size and shape. They are available by prescription to treat several types of conditions that affect the health and function of your feet.

Conditions we can treat with custom orthotics

In addition to improving the comfort of your feet, custom orthotics are useful for correcting biomechanical foot issues that affect how you walk, run, and stand. The right orthotics can also help improve your posture.

We may recommend custom orthotics as part of your treatment plan for health conditions that affect your feet, such as:

Custom orthotics can also relieve pain in your lower back, hips, and knees. If you’re an athlete, custom orthotics can improve your performance in your chosen sport.

For many people, the use of orthotics is successful enough to delay or prevent the need for invasive procedures, including foot surgery. We may recommend orthotics in addition to other therapies to ensure your foot condition is properly treated.

Getting custom orthotics

If you have persistent foot pain, lower back pain, or knee pain that results from foot conditions, contact us for a foot assessment to see if orthotics can help. Without treatment, some foot conditions get progressively worse and lead to complications, including disability.

At Lake Erie Podiatry, we offer comprehensive evaluations to ensure your orthotics are custom-made to your needs. We start with a physical exam, and Dr. Ruiz spends time watching how you walk and stand.

We also have advanced technology in-office that allows Dr. Ruiz to assess the anatomy of your feet when you’re walking. All of these details allow him to create 3D images of your feet, so we can design the custom orthotics that support your feet and correct foot mechanics.

Custom orthotics are created to fit into different types of footwear, from athletic shoes to dress shoes for both men and women. The materials are soft and firm, providing both comfort and support no matter how long you wear your shoes.

To find out if you’re a candidate for custom orthotics, call us to schedule an appointment at our Erie, Pennsylvania, office, or book a consultation online today.

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