If you're having trouble walking due to foot pain, you might be tempted to avoid activity and stay seated. Dr. Gary Rogers, your North Shore podiatrist at Wilmette Foot & Ankle Clinic in Wilmette, Illinois, has a better solution. By crafting orthotic devices for your feet, he can help alleviate the discomfort and help return you to your normal activities. Learn more about orthotics here:
What can orthotics do for my feet?
Orthotics, sometimes called orthoses, are custom-made supports for the feet that help to restore comfort and function to the wearer. Your North Shore podiatrist, Dr. Rogers, will diagnose the source of your foot pain and design orthotics that will support your feet, relieve pressure, and help to get you moving comfortably again. Orthotics are generally made to be worn inside your shoes for most of the day.
How are orthotics made?
Over-the-counter shoe inserts are available for purchase, but they should not be used for extended periods of time because they are not custom-made. Your North Shore podiatrist will give you a prescription for orthotics based on your anatomical needs. The process begins with Dr. Rogers performing a thorough evaluation of your foot structure and gait at his Wilmette podiatry office; X-rays and other imaging techniques may be used. Similar to the way dentures are crafted, impressions will be taken of your feet to design perfectly fitted orthotics. They can be made of rigid, semi-flexible or soft materials; your diagnosis from Dr. Rogers will help determine which style is best for you. When your orthotics are finished, they'll be sent back to Wilmette Foot & Ankle Clinic, where you'll try them on and get further instructions from Dr. Rogers.
Don't sit back and wait for your foot pain to disappear. Contact the podiatry office of Dr. Gary Rogers in North Shore, Illinois to have your situation evaluated.