Do You Need Custom Orthotics?
By Diamond Podiatry
November 16, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

Do your feet ache? Is heel pain a problem? Are you a runner and suffer from shin splints? These foot and ankle conditions and more often orthoticsmay be corrected with custom-made orthotics. Your Macungie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem, PA, podiatrists, Dr. Robert Diamond, Dr. Brent Bernstein, Dr. Jung Lee and Dr. Eric Bronfenbrenner at Diamond Podiatry, use these specialized shoe inserts to comfort, support and correct functional irregularities in the foot and ankle. Do you need custom orthotics?

Common foot issues

Feet hurt, feet swell, feet develop blisters and sores, and frequently, these things are avoidable or treatable, says your podiatrist in Macungie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem. Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, are simple interventions that fix functional foot problems and also accommodate arthritic feet or feet that need additional support due to

  • congenital or acquired deformity
  • injury
  • age
  • obesity
  • poor circulation
  • overuse

Your foot doctor performs complete foot and ankle examinations at Diamond Podiatry and pinpoints the reasons for your discomfort or poorly functioning feet. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, orthotics may be combined with physical therapy, stretching exercises and other noninvasive interventions to treat:

  • Heel pain from plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Heel spurs
  • Ankle instability
  • Hallux rigidus, or stiff big toe
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Shin splints and stiff knees and back in runners or other athletes
  • Metatarsalgia, or pain in the front of the foot

While orthotics prescribed and crafted by your podiatrist cost more than drugstore shoe inserts, they also last for years. Plus, they are made for your unique foot shape, balance issues and placement of your feet as you walk or run.

Making custom orthotics

Previously, foot doctors exclusively used plaster molds to make orthotics. Now, your podiatrist uses more sophisticated methods to capture your footprint, foot shape and gait. Materials are innovative and long-lasting, too--typically plastic or even graphite.

Foam impressions are translated by computer to render a digital picture of your foot's unique shape. Then, that picture is converted to a three-dimensional model from which the orthotics are fabricated.

Are your feet complaining?

Then, why not contact Diamond Podiatry for a complete foot and ankle examination? Your issues may be easier to correct than you may think, and custom orthotics may be just what you need to stay active and pain-free. For our Bethlehem and Macungie offices, call (610) 865-0311, or for Quakertown, phone (215) 529-5222.