By Center for Podiatric Medicine
December 07, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Some patients hesitate to visit the podiatrist’s office when they’re experiencing foot pain because they’re afraid that they may need surgery. But sometimes a foot problem can be easily resolved by simply reinforcing and supporting the feet with orthotic devices. Visit the foot doctors at Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, for an examination to see if orthotics will help your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
An orthotic is a device that is placed inside of your shoe to provide extra support. It also helps balance and align the foot in a better position. Many people walk in a way that puts a strain on the feet and toes, which can cause a number of conditions including plantar fasciitis, bunions, and fallen arches (flat feet). There are rigid, soft, and semi-rigid orthotic devices—each type is designed to treat specific foot ailments. Wearing orthotics prescribed by your River North and Schaumburg, IL, podiatrist is a preventative measure and can also correct problems that already exist.
Orthotics Can Fix Your Feet
Some patients are born with structural foot problems and are at a higher risk of developing deformities like bunions. Orthotics help you avoid injuries, strengthen the bone, reduce arthritic joint pain, and increase flexibility. As an example, a semi-rigid orthotic support that’s placed under the foot can strengthen the arch and reduce the possibility of plantar fasciitis.
Additional Foot Care Tips
Consider the daily wear and tear that you put on your feet to understand why you may be experiencing a foot-related ailment. Orthotics can relieve the strain, discomfort, and pressure. Here are some tips for how you can keep your feet healthy:
- Keep your orthotic device in your shoe or near your shoe to ensure that you put it on each day before work or participating in energetic activities.
- Make time each evening to soak your feet in warm water to ease aching pain and rigidity in the joints after a long day.
- Keep your feet and toes flexible by practicing the stretching exercises recommended by your podiatrist.
Relief from Foot Pain and Deformities
After an exam with a foot doctor at Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, you may be prescribed orthotics to help relieve your foot pain and discomfort. Call today to schedule a visit with a knowledgeable podiatrist.