What You Need to Know About Orthotics

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts that are placed in your shoes to alleviate pain, pressure, and correct improper balance during walking. There are two types of orthotics: universal ones that are sold at pharmacies and shoe stores, and custom ones that are made to fit your individual feet. Custom orthotics are prescribed by podiatrists and are often made with advanced gait analysis technology or a plaster mold to address specific concerns, such as bunions, foot ulcers, and flatfeet.

How can orthotics help?

Sometimes the smallest imbalance in your feet can cause discomfort not only in your feet and ankles, but also in your lower back and other parts of your body. Orthotics can help by:

  • correcting discrepancies in balance between your feet to relieve pain and discomfort
  • accommodating foot deformities in the foot by relieving pressure off of painful areas from conditions such as ulcers, corns, bunions, and hammertoes
  • improving the overall function of the foot by preventing chronic ankle sprains and other injuries

There are a variety of orthopedic devices used to treat specific conditions, ranging from heel cushions, arch supports, insoles, to foot-ankle braces. In order to find out which device will benefit you the most, it is important to consult with a board-certified foot specialist like Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico at Syracuse Podiatry.

Dr. D’Amico has been working to bring comfort and relief to patients in the Syracuse area and can diagnose and treat all types of foot and ankle conditions. So whether you are considering getting orthotics, want help with diabetic wound care, or need foot or ankle surgery, Dr. D’Amico has the expertise to improve the quality of your life! Call us at (315) 446-3668 to find out more or make an appointment at our office in Fayetteville.

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