Generic orthotics are readily available at your local drugstore or sporting goods store. You may get a little extra arch support and cushioning from these basic versions, but since they aren’t made for your foot in particular, you won’t get much more.
If you have problems like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or problems with your gait, you’re far better off investing in custom orthotics designed and made by a qualified podiatrist like Sean Rosenblum, DPM, of Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic.
Dr. Rosenblum prescribes orthotics based on your specific needs. They’re made from a mold of your foot and directly correct the issues you’re experiencing by supplying biomechanical assistance.
Custom orthotics correct the way you walk
A special type of custom orthotics, known as functional orthotics, help correct an abnormal gait. Your gait is the pattern of how you walk.
When you have an abnormal gait, you may end up with problems in your feet, including corns, calluses, or bunions. It also affects the bone, nerves or muscles in your legs. Your feet may tire quickly and you suffer pain and discomfort after walking or running.
Custom orthotics help injuries heal
When you have an injury such as tendonitis or shin splints, custom orthotics can help you recover faster. They help stabilize your feet and ankles, reducing stress and keeping them in proper alignment.
Custom orthotics provide support and shock absorption, and keep your foot in the optimal position to relieve pain. Orthotics can also reduce stress on tendons that are in pain due to overuse.
Custom orthotics reduce the risk of future injury
Custom orthotics help keep your feet and ankles stable, which means you have a reduced risk of injury to these areas.
You can get out and play sports, jog, or hit the gym without fear that you’re going to injure your ankles, feet, or legs.
Custom orthotics create body weight balance
Your feet have a big task. They absorb a force equivalent to approximately 120% of your body weight with each step.
If your weight isn’t evenly distributed over both of your feet, it can cause problems like abnormal gait, pronation (when your ankles roll inward), overpronation (when your ankles roll down and in), and supination (when your ankles roll outward). Remember that correcting an abnormal gait helps you avoid other injuries.
Custom orthotics are made to help YOU
Custom orthotics are just that – customized. This means they are better able to correct your foot irregularities.
Instead of opting for an over-the-counter option, choosing custom orthotics ensures that your feet are taken care of in the way they need to be. We here at Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic carefully evaluate your feet and your complaints. You might even notice that, with custom orthotics, other problems up your kinetic chain go away. Back pain resolves and knee pain lessens. You get these positive biomechanical effects because now your feet support you in the best way possible.
If you’re ready to explore how custom orthotics can help you stand more comfortably, walk more efficiently, and be more active, call Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic today or use this website to schedule your appointment.