If you run, you may experience pain at times. Whether you have high or low arches, issues with your feet can impact how your feet feel after a run. If this is true for you, you may benefit from wearing orthotics. Orthotics, also known as foot orthoses, are shoe inserts used to counteract improper biomechanics of the feet during walking, running, and other activities while standing on the feet. There are over the counter (OTC) orthotics or specialized custom-made orthotics. Orthotics are generally made from soft, pliable material but some are made of more rigid materials, like plastic or graphite to keep feet firm and stable. Orthotics might help if one has flat feet to help with cushioning of the impact of the foot hitting the ground. They might also help provide heel support and relieve other injuries, such as plantar fasciitis or runner’s knee. Since orthotics work with the biomechanics of feet, they will likely help prevent future foot injuries as well. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you run and want to find out if orthotics can help keep you more comfortable.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors 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.
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.
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 Marrero, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.