Could I Benefit from Orthotics?
By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
May 29, 2019
Category: Ankle Issues
Tags: Orthotics  

You may be surprised to discover that prescription orthotics could improve your musculoskeletal health.

Orthotics is a special shoe insert that helps to cushion, support and stabilize the foot when standing, walking or running. While some people may turn to simple over-the-counter orthotics to help with minor issues, sometimes these one-size-fits-most approach to foot care isn’t right for everyone. Here at our North Shore, IL, practice, our podiatrist Dr. Gary Rogers creates custom orthotics to handle a wide range of issues.

What can custom orthotics do for me?

Since custom orthotics are shaped to fit the unique structure of your foot and to address certain issues, this shoe insert will reduce symptoms and help improve how your feet function every time you stand, walk, run or jump. Our North Shore, IL, foot doctor will create your orthotics based on the specific issues you are dealing with to make sure that not only your feet and ankles function optimally, but the rest of your body does, too.

Your feet take a lot of abuse throughout the day, from pounding uneven pavement during your run to wearing high heels that cram your toes together. To protect your feet from potential issues you may want to consider what orthotics can do to help. The benefits of custom orthotics include:

  • Eliminating foot, ankle, leg and even back pain
  • Improving the alignment of your feet and legs
  • Promoting better balance and stability
  • Supporting the feet, particularly the arches
  • Preventing certain foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes
  • Shock absorption and evenly distributing pressure throughout the foot
  • Take pressure off areas to reduce the risk of calluses and corns
  • Reducing fatigue and achiness

Before getting custom orthotics our podiatrist will examine your feet and talk to you about any issues you are experiencing. Even if you aren’t dealing with a specific injury or condition you could still benefit from custom orthotics. In fact, they can even be preventative.

What conditions and issues can benefit from custom orthotics?

You may want to get custom orthotics if you are dealing with:

  • Pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips, or lower back
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bunions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hammertoes
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Flat feet
  • Bursitis
  • Corns and calluses
  • Morton’s neuroma

If you want to find out if how custom orthotics can benefit your health then call NorthShore University HealthSystem in North Shore, IL, today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rogers.