5 Ways Orthotics Can Help You

5 Ways Orthotics Can Help You

When your feet or lower body are bothering you, it not only can make it more difficult to go about daily life, it might also be a sign something more serious is wrong. Foot and heel pain, pressure, and discomfort can be a sign of foot or other lower body conditions that need treatment.

At Arizona Foot Health in Phoenix, Arizona, podiatrists Ryan Golub, DPM, and Zachary Flynn, DPM, AACFAS, are committed to making life easier by keeping your feet functional and without pain. One easy, nonsurgical way to treat and relieve various foot ailments is by getting fitted for custom orthotics you slide easily into your everyday shoes.

If your feet or lower body need a lift, here are 5 ways custom orthotics can support them.

Understanding orthotics

Orthotics are slim insoles that offer your feet a number of benefits. Fitted perfectly to what your foot needs, they can offer cushioning, bring your feet back into balance, and even give your athletic stats a boost.

Without any invasive procedures or surgery, orthotics are capable of helping you manage a number of foot, ankle, and lower body conditions. These include arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, calluses, and bursitis.

Our podiatrists select the right type of orthotics for your feet after a thorough evaluation. Then, they measure your feet, make custom foot molds, and send them to a lab that creates your unique orthotics.

5 benefits of custom orthotics

Orthotics offer a number of different kinds of support. These are just 5 of the ways orthotics help your lower body. 

1. Reduce or eliminate lower body pain

Foot and ankle conditions can be extremely painful. Issues with your feet can make your feet and ankles hurt and also cause the pain to move up into your legs, hips, buttocks, and lower back.

By correcting the issues that are causing the pain or offering cushioning to your feet, orthotics help you move around more easily while feeling significantly less pain, improving your quality of life.

2. Relieve pressure on your feet

Some types of foot problems, such as corns, calluses, and stone bruises, put a lot of pressure on your feet, causing pressure, discomfort, and pain. The right custom orthotic takes the pressure off the area and brings relief to your entire foot.

3. Fix structural and alignment problems

Some foot and lower body conditions, such as flat feet or over or under pronation, cause your entire lower body to go out of alignment. This can lead to various further problems with your lower body, as well as pain, down the line.

Custom orthotics correct these issues without any surgery, so you can safely live an active lifestyle without aggravating structural foot concerns.

4. Improve your mobility and performance

A good pair of custom orthotics make it more comfortable to stay on your feet for long periods of time. This makes it easier to go about your day, live a more active lifestyle, and walk with better posture for longer periods.

If you have a job or lifestyle that requires long periods of standing up, orthotics can help improve your stamina. They can even boost your performance at your favorite sport.

5. Prevent injury

While keeping you happier and more comfortable on your feet, orthotics also do an excellent job of preventing you from developing further problems or injuries down the line. This protection is important if you’re on your feet a lot or have alignment issues that put you at risk of developing injuries.

If your feet hurt, you’re in general lower body discomfort, or you want to be able to walk or stand longer, why not give custom orthotics a try? Make an appointment at Arizona Foot Health to discover how orthotics can help you.

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