About Custom Orthotics
Orthotics are custom-made pads, heel lifts, and insoles that can be worn inside your shoes to support your feet and relieve foot pain. At Nashville Podiatry, the team measures your feet using computerized scanners or plaster casts to get the exact dimensions of your foot and arches to build custom orthotics for you.
Custom Orthotics Q & A
What are the benefits of custom orthotics?
Orthotics can support feet or ankles that are unstable due to injuries or muscular imbalances, relieve pain from heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and foot deformities, and support your arches, especially if you have flat feet or high arches.
What are the types of orthotics?
In addition to full-length custom insoles, the team also offers heel lifts and specialized pads that they can be placed at specific locations inside your shoes to support various structures in your foot. They can make specialty orthotics for you if you frequently wear running shoes, work boots, high heels, or ballet flats.
Not all orthotics are the same. Many over-the-counter insoles available at drug stores and sporting goods stores can provide cushion to increase your comfort when standing, walking, or running, but don’t offer the customized support you may need.
When do podiatrists recommend orthotics?
The Nashville Podiatry team recommends orthotics for specific foot and ankle issues, including:
Bony deformities of the feet
Orthotics can also be beneficial for people with diabetes or people who stand or walk frequently for their jobs or recreation.
How often should I wear my orthotics?
The team provides specific recommendations about how often or how long to wear your orthotics each day. In most cases, it can take a couple of weeks for the muscles in your feet to adapt to wearing orthotics, just like breaking in a new pair of shoes.
The team often recommends wearing your orthotics for one to two hours per day at the beginning of treatment, gradually increasing the amount of time you wear them each day. This can help you to avoid foot soreness as you become accustomed to your new orthotics. To learn how custom orthotics can improve your foot health and comfort, call Nashville Podiatry or schedule a consultation online now.