By Parkway Podiatry
June 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics don't just ease foot pain but can also reduce pain in your knees, hip and lower back. Our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Gary SaphireOrthotics and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, discuss the benefits of orthotics.

Why are orthotics used?

Your feet help support your entire body. If they can't do their job effectively due to fallen arches, injuries, imbalances or other structural problems, you may soon experience pain from your ankles to your back. The pain occurs when abnormal stress is placed on these body parts due to improperly aligned feet.

Orthotics properly position your feet in your shoes and offer excellent support. Although they may look somewhat like the shoe inserts you can buy in stores, orthotics are designed by podiatrists to fit your feet and address your foot condition.

Who can needs orthotics?

You may benefit from orthotics if you suffer from:

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Tendinitis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Injuries to your foot or leg
  • Structural problems
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Pain in your feet, ankles, legs, knees or hips

Orthotics can also help you avoid injuries if you're a runner or regularly participate in sports. When your foot is properly balanced in your shoe, you may be less likely to develop tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis and other conditions when you run or exercise. They're a particularly good choice if you have diabetes. Orthotics eliminate pressure points that can cause diabetic ulcers. They can also prevent foot conditions, such as bunions or plantar fasciitis from worsening.

How long does it take to get orthotics?

Because orthotics are custom designed for your feet, you won't receive them the same day you visit our Brooklyn office. During your first appointment, we'll examine your feet, evaluate the way you walk and take images of your feet that will help us design orthotics that will help improve your foot issues. Once your orthotics are ready in a week or two, you'll begin wearing them on a gradual schedule that allows plenty of time to adjust to them.

Orthotics offer a simple way to correct structural foot issues and ease your pain. If they sound like a good solution for you, call our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky, at (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment.