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Benefits of Orthotics for the Physically Active Person

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Custom-made orthotics offer significant benefits to individuals who are physically active by providing better alignment, balance, and improved mechanics. These orthotic shoe inserts are tailored to each individual's unique foot structure and biomechanics, ensuring optimal support and stability during physical activity. By correcting imbalances and redistributing pressure, custom orthotics help alleviate pain and reduce the risk of injuries, such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. Additionally, orthotics can improve gait efficiency, enhancing performance in activities, such as running, jumping, and sports. The precise fit and support offered by custom orthotics help maintain proper alignment of the feet, ankles, and lower limbs, minimizing strain on muscles and joints. If you are physically active, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss if custom-made orthotics can support your active lifestyle and improve more comfortable performance.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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