Even minor foot alignment problems can lead to pain in your feet, ankles, legs and back. Luckily, orthotics may provide a simple solution. Podiatrists, Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Dharia, offer the prescription shoe inserts at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA.
How do orthotics work?
An arch issue, imbalance, or another foot or ankle problem can throw off the alignment of your entire body. In fact, back, knee, and hip pain can often be traced to a problem with your feet. Orthotics re-position your foot when you wear shoes, temporarily correcting common problems. The removable shoe inserts also offer support and cushioning.
Unlike one-size-fits-all drugstore insoles, orthotics are specially designed for you by your Fairfax foot doctor and are much more durable than over-the-counter inserts.
What conditions do orthotics help?
Orthotics are helpful for many foot and ankle conditions. If you overpronate (turn your feet in when you walk), have flat feet, frequently experience pain your back or legs, or have an abnormal gait or different leg lengths, your podiatrist may recommend rigid orthotics. The inserts are made of stiff carbon or plastic and support your entire foot.
Semi-rigid orthotics are an excellent choice if foot or ankle pain prevents you from running or walking for exercise as often as you would like. Although the inner core of these orthotics is rigid, they're covered with a softer outer layer. Semi-rigid orthotics control foot movement, improve balance and reduce pressure on muscles and tendons.
Soft orthotics not only cushion your feet but also act as shock absorbers. They can be very helpful if your feet always seem to be sore, you have arthritis in your feet, or you have diabetes and want to avoid blisters.
Heel cups are short orthotics that fit in the heel area of your shoe. They can reduce pain caused by thinning of the fat pad under your heel as you grow older and can also make wearing shoes more comfortable if you have plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis or heel spurs.
Ease your pain with orthotics! Call your Fairfax, VA, podiatrists Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Dharia at (703) 352-8888 to schedule an appointment.