Types of Foot Orthotics


By Center for Podiatric Medicine
 May 25, 2017
 Category: Foot Health
 Tags: Orthotics  

If you're experiencing pain while walking, orthotics can help. These devices, which are usually worn inside shoes, are designed to  cushion and support the feet. There are several different options for foot orthotics, all of which differ based on the nature of your foot issue. People with bunions, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and diabetes-related foot problems can benefit from the use of orthotics. Before you choose an orthotic device, the podiatrists of Center for Podiatric Medicine in Shaumburg, Elmhurst and River North, Chicago, IL, and East Chicago, Highland and St. John, IN, have given some details about the types of orthotics available.

Over-the-counter orthotics

When foot problems are minor, your Shaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North podiatrist may suggest trying non-prescription orthotics first. These shoe inserts, which can be found in pairs at retail stores like supermarkets or drugstores, are relatively inexpensive and can provide the cushioning you need to improve comfort while walking or standing. You may also find that investing in a high-quality pair of sneakers can make a difference in the way your feet feel. The foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine can offer information about the best brands of both nonprescription shoes and shoe inserts.

Prescription orthotics

If you find that pre-packaged shoe inserts aren't working for you, you might find relief from prescription orthotics. These are custom-made to your River North podiatrist's specifications after a thorough evaluation at the Center for Podiatric Medicine. Functional orthotics help correct abnormalities in the way you walk or standing, while accommodative orthotics cushion and protect the feet from painful problems like calluses, bunions or foot ulcers complicated by diabetes. While the price of custom orthotics is higher than over-the-counter products, insurance usually helps cover the cost.

You don't have to let foot problems slow you down. To make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine, contact one of our convenient locations in Shaumburg, Elmhurst and River North, Chicago, IL, and East Chicago, Highland and St. John, IN. We look forward to helping you return to your daily activities comfortably and safely!

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