Orthotics: Braces for Your Feet

If you don’t know what orthotics are, you may confuse them with orthodontics—the dental treatment for straightening misaligned teeth. In a way, you wouldn’t be far wrong. Just as braces help move your teeth into correct position, these shoe inserts are designed to correct a misalignment in your feet that is giving you pain. Both contribute to a beautiful smile: orthodontics because your teeth are straight and orthotics because your pain is gone!

Braces for Your Feet

Most people have foot pain at some point in their lives. You may notice a stabbing pain under your foot when you first get out of bed in the morning or a tired ache after being on your feet all day on the job. If you have any type of foot structure problem—plantar fasciitis, high or low arches, tired tendons, or misaligned toes—you can do several things to address it. Sometimes you can find relief just by changing to a shoe that fits properly and provides the correct support for your foot. You may also try over-the-counter shoe liners that provide extra cushioning or supports for your arch, heel or toes. If your problem is mild, these may help with the pain, but none of them correct the underlying cause. That’s where a custom orthotic can help.

How Custom Supports Conquer Foot Pain

Orthotics is a common term for an orthosis (plural orthoses), which is an external device that modifies the skeleton or muscles to improve their function. Many foot pain problems are caused by an abnormal bone structure or gait that causes your weight to be bear down on the wrong areas of your feet. By redistributing your weight properly, these inserts and supports relieve the pressure which causes wear and tear on the tendons, skin, and bones in your feet. That means less damage and pain for you.

At Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates, we specialize in custom orthotics. We examine your feet, your gait, and your shoes to see what’s causing your pain. Then we take proper measurements and make a mold of your feet to send to the lab, which fabricates inserts designed for your particular feet. We will instruct you how to ease into wearing them, so your faulty foot structure is gradually adjusted and your pain relieved.

Can Shoe Inserts Help You?

If you are an athlete who experiences foot pain from sports activities, a nurse or factory worker who spends long hours on your feet, or if you have a condition like plantar fasciitis or fallen arches, you may benefit from custom orthotics. Also, if you have tried over-the-counter supports, but they haven’t taken away your discomfort, we may be able to help. Contact Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates at one of our five Florida locations for an evaluation: Daytona Beach at (386) 274-3336, Edgewater at (386) 957-4818, Orange City at (386) 775-2281, Palm Coast at (386) 586-7373, or Port Orange at (386) 788-6333. We also offer acute injury care within 24 hours (48 on weekends), with digital X-rays available right in the office. Bring all your foot problems to us!