For such small areas, your feet are highly complex structures that contain 28 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 ligaments, tendons, and muscles in each foot. All of these components work together to provide you with support, mobility, and range of motion — but the key here is that they all need to work together. A problem in any one of these components, no matter how small, can lead to both local and distant pain as your body’s alignment is affected. Luckily, the solution may be as simple as custom orthotics.
At Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic, Dr. Sean Rosenblum and our team offer a wide range of services that are designed to help you make your way through life with healthy feet. So when pain strikes your feet and radiates outward, we understand the impact that rebalancing your feet can have, which is why custom orthotics are one of our first lines of defense for pain-free movement.
Here’s a look at how custom orthotics can alleviate your back, knee, ankle, and foot pain.
If you develop pain in your feet, we first perform an extensive evaluation to locate the problem. Outside of an obvious injury, there are many reasons why your feet may be in pain, including:
While not comprehensive, this list gives you an idea of the primary culprits when it comes to foot pain. One thing that all of these conditions have in common is that custom orthotics can help.
With orthotics, we can take the pressure off your damaged tissue or weakened areas to spread out the workload more evenly. By rebalancing your feet, it allows time for your injured area to heal and reduces your pain considerably.
For example, if you have bursitis — which is an inflammation of your bursa sac — in the balls of your feet, we can customize your orthotics so that the area with inflammation is more suspended. This reduces the constant concussion and allows the inflammation to go down.
If you’re experiencing pain in your ankles, knees, hips, and even your lower back, this unexplained discomfort may stem from a problem in your feet. Take, for example, flat feet. This is a condition in which the arches in your feet are nonexistent or they’ve collapsed over time. This lack of arches can cause your ankles to roll inward, which places stress on these joints, as well as your knees, hips, and lower back due to the misalignment.
Using orthotics that are customized for your feet, we can recreate your arches, bringing your lower extremities back into line and allowing them to function as they were designed to.
This same concept is also incredibly useful for those who suffer from arthritis in their lower extremities. If your knees or hips are plagued by this degenerative disease, we can create custom orthotics that help take the pressure off of these worn-down joints.
The bottom line is that custom orthotics play a valuable role in a host of conditions that affect your feet. By restoring support and balance, custom orthotics can put that spring in your step again.
To explore whether custom orthotics are right for you, contact our office in Lodi, New Jersey, to set up an appointment.