5 Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics are medical devices that provide cushion, arch support, and alleviate a wide variety of pain, from sore knees to an achy back.

Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, of Manhattan Footcare, with offices in Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York, are experts in creating custom orthotics. They explain five key benefits of custom orthotics

1. Custom orthotics provide precisely the right support for your feet

Perhaps the most important benefit of custom orthotics is that they are created just for your feet. Unlike generic orthotics that you can purchase at the drugstore, custom orthotics are not mass-produced. They’re made specifically for your feet. 

This means that if you have fallen arches, your custom orthotics can provide arch support. Or, if you have plantar fasciitis, diabetic neuropathy, or arthritis, your custom orthotics can relieve pressure and provide the shock absorption you need in exactly the right places. Feet are not one-size-fits-all, and your orthotics shouldn’t be either. 

2. Custom orthotics can help relieve back pain

Lower back pain is the No. 1 cause of work-related disability in the United States. You may not realize that providing added support for your feet can help relieve your back pain. If your feet aren’t stable, you may try to compensate for that imbalance by adjusting your posture. 

You may not even notice it, but over the years, the way you stand can make your lower back pain worse. Custom orthotics can help improve your posture, so you can stand straighter and therefore alleviate some of the pressure on your lower back. 

3. Custom orthotics can help reduce occurrences of diabetic foot ulcers

When you have diabetes, you can lose sensation in your feet — a condition called diabetic neuropathy. When you have less sensation in your feet, you may not always feel the excess pressure your shoes can place on your feet. This pressure can lead to foot ulcers. When you’re prescribed custom orthotics, your feet receive the support they need to minimize excess stress and reduce the occurrence of foot ulcers. 

4. Custom orthotics can relieve pain from bone spurs and plantar fasciitis

Heel pain is a common foot complaint. When excess bone grows on the bottom of your heel — a condition known as bone spurs — it can be extremely uncomfortable to walk. Additionally, plantar fasciitis can cause heel pain when you walk or stand for long periods of time. Custom orthotics can help reduce inflammation and provide the right support for both of these common heel conditions. 

5. Orthotics can provide relief from knee pain, shin splints, and bunions

High foot arches can lead to strained muscles in your feet, which can lead to knee pain and shin splints, not to mention tired, sore feet. And when you have bunions — painful bumps that typically grow at the base of your big toe — you can feel pain and discomfort with every step you take. Custom orthotics can take the pressure off of your foot muscles and big toe and thereby provide relief from shin splints, knee pain, and bunion pain. 

If your feet hurt all the time, or you dread the thought of walking around at a festival, the mall, or even standing in line at the grocery store, custom orthotics may provide the relief you’re looking for. Find out for yourself how life-changing custom orthotics can be. For custom orthotics and all your foot and ankle care needs, request an appointment online or by phone with the team at Manhattan Footcare.

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