Posts for: May, 2016
Modern shoes are unfortunately designed mostly for style rather than function, which is why many patients develop foot problems over time. Orthotics are devices, available at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, IL, that can help treat problematic foot conditions. Find out more about orthotics and how they can be custom-made to give you relief from a number of common foot problems.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are devices that can be placed inside of a shoe to relieve foot pain, adjust the position of your feet and improve the way that you walk. They help your feet by giving your balance and support when and where you need it the most. Here is a short list of the foot problems that can be resolved with the help of orthotics:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs and general heel pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Flat feet
They may be prescribed as a part of a wider treatment plan that may also include medication, physical therapy, laser or shockwave therapy. Your podiatrist will create a custom device from an impression taken of your feet.
Types of Orthotics
There are three different types of orthotics that your Schaumburg, IL podiatrist may recommend:
- Rigid (made of a firm material that is best for strains and chronic pains in the foot and ankle)
- Soft (used for shock-absorption; good for repairing deformed feet)
- Semi-rigid (used for patients with flat feet, pain in the feet from playing sports and toe disorders)
Your foot doctor will be able to tell you exactly what type of orthotic device will be best for your specific case.
The Initial Appointment
The process of getting custom orthotics starts with a foot consultation at your podiatrist’s office. The appointment includes X-rays and a physical examination of your feet. You will discuss any health conditions that may contribute to your foot concerns as well as the activities or sports you participate in. The consultation will help your podiatrist determine if a custom orthotic is right for you.
Call the Center for Podiatric Medicine
An orthotic device prescribed by your podiatrist may be just the thing you need to resolve your foot problems. Call the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, IL today at (847) 352-1473 to set a date and time for a foot consultation.