How do I know if the use of orthotics is right for me?

Orthotics can relieve pain as well as prevent the occurrence or progression of foot deformities.  Many common types of foot pain are caused by instability in your feet such as, heel and arch pain, ankle pain, and pain in the balls of your feet.  If you have nice arches when you’re sitting, but they tend to flatten out considerably when you’re standing, you are probably a good candidate for orthotics.  If you have external mal-alignments such as knock knees, bow legs, in toeing, or out toeing, orthotics will most likely be a benefit to you.  If you participate in an activity that places stress on your feet or your work requires you to be on your feet for extended periods of time, orthotics can be beneficial.  The use of orthotics is just one of the conservative foot treatments used in our office.  They can be used to treat foot, heel and arch pain, some calluses, diabetic ulcers and pressure sores, arthritis, abnormal foot function, and to prevent sports injuries or improve sports function. They can also slow the progression of foot deformities such as a bunions, and hammertoes to delay or prevent surgery.  Orthotics can be used to treat children as well as adults.  The best way to find out if orthotics can help you is to make an appointment with us for an exam.