Many people think that orthotics are just for older individuals, but they’re also for children and young adults, recreational runners and professional athletes, and volunteers and workers. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing important information regarding this versatile treatment option.
Orthotics help people from all walks of life reduce their risk of injury, improve their biomechanics, eliminate their pain, and live life to the absolute fullest. They’re for all ages, and if you’re currently suffering from foot pain, there’s a good chance they can help you too.
Give Your Feet What They’ve Been Lacking
Using orthotics can treat or manage several different issues, some of which include:
In simple terms, what orthotics do is give your feet the additional arch support, stability/motion control, and shock absorption that they’ve been missing.
Pads similar to those that people can purchase at the drugstore are cushioned pads, not orthotics. The orthotics that are prescribed by your podiatrist are capable of much more.
Orthotics that are constructed of different types of materials from soft foam to plastic fit a wide variety of foot shapes.
When Does A Child Need Orthotics?
An older adult might be more likely to need orthotics when the wear and tear of their years have added to an acquired deformity such as a bunion or hammertoe or chronic pain.
On the other hand, children are usually too young to develop that kind of damage.
When orthotics are prescribed for children, the most common reason is a hereditary structural problem, with flat feet being the most likely culprit.
Some children never develop a full arch, and as they further develop their running and walking skills, the lack of support can lead to pain in their ankles, feet, hips, knees, and even lower back.
If you or your children are experiencing any issues with your feet and want to know if orthotics can help, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, at (425) 455-0936 today to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.