When it comes to treating for injuries or chronic pain, one of the most important and commonly prescribed treatments is custom orthotics. This includes all types of foot support such as padding, insoles, custom shoes, and braces, depending on your foot and ankle needs.
At your annual podiatry appointment, you may have a gait analysis performed. You’ll walk as you normally would, and our podiatrist can see how the way you walk might affect how your feet and ankles strain to support you. Improper form or posture can cause you painful symptoms associated with repetitive use and problems where soft tissues are strained, like with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. For some of these mild problems, you may be able to buy over-the-counter orthotic inserts to help relieve symptoms, but for ongoing issues, you may need professionally made custom orthotics.
Your gait and posture can also affect your ankle pronation, either rolling too much inward or outward. Orthotic inserts can help support the arches (especially if they become flatter due to over-pronation) and correct the roll of the ankles to be upright. The proper posture reduces risk of sports-related injury, as well as strain by the tendons and ligaments supporting the ankles.
Additionally, after an injury or surgery, you may need additional support or immobilization in certain directions while you heal. Orthotics can help stabilize your feet and ankles when they are weak.
You may even want ongoing orthotic support if you are prone to reinjury of your ankle or feet. For some, enduring an ankle sprain could leave you more at risk to re-injure that same ankle. Custom orthotic inserts or shoes can be made to mitigate that higher risk.
Do you feel that you can benefit from custom orthotics? Perhaps you’ve had an injury that requires additional attention or support. Come in to our office so that we can figure out what’s best for your foot and ankle needs. Make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Our team of dedicated foot doctors can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office.