If you’ve ever experienced pain in your feet or ankles, your podiatrist may have recommended custom orthotics. Placed inside your footwear, these prescribed inserts add cushioning and support in the treatment of a variety of conditions. Orthotics may be helpful to people who have developed plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or other uncomfortable foot problems. In addition to improving your posture and gait, they also alleviate pain. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares additional information about orthotics, and the signs that indicate they are ready for replacement.
Orthotics are customized to fit your foot, improving their effectiveness. Available in rigid, semi-rigid, or, soft, depending on the foot condition they are being used to treat. The length of time they remain effective is affected by your weight, amount of activity, and the materials used to make them. They also provide comfort and relief for heel and foot pain. Orthotics do not correct major biomechanical issues.
While over-the-counter inserts may provide initial relief, they are generally not recommended as they do not address the factors causing the discomfort.
Your podiatrist can prescribe custom orthotics to address many issues. High-quality, customized inserts are intended to treat problems such as plantar fasciitis, a more intense form of heel pain, and abnormal motion.
In addition, orthotics may be recommended to help patients with diabetes by addressing uncomfortable calluses and dangerous foot ulcers. They are molded to your feet for an individual custom fit, which provides you with the necessary comfort and support.
When should you replace your orthotics?
Orthotics might be replaced within 3 to 6 months, or up to several years. Much depends on their time of use and your activity level. You can help them last longer by wiping them with a damp cloth (not wet), or by using spray shoe cleaners. Wearing shoes that fit properly also helps to extend the life of orthotics.
If you begin to notice that your orthotics smell bad, are worn, or are fraying, they likely need to be replaced.
If you are experiencing minor or intense heel or foot pain, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You may schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936. During your visit we will determine which kind of orthotics will best help your treatment, and reduce or eliminate any pain or discomfort.