Shoe inserts that you may buy at a big-box store should never be confused with the custom-made foot orthotics that we can provide you at Alpine Foot Specialists. Many of you have perhaps tried over-the-counter inserts at some time, and most of you were probably disappointed by them. The reason is simple, there is just no such thing as the “average foot,” and a one-size-fits-all solution simply does not exist.
Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts that can be ordered only by medical professionals like our Alpine specialists after an examination of your feet, your gait, your pronation and an analysis of any pain you’re experiencing.
Here are a few of the issues that can be addressed with custom orthotics:
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of tendons in the heel)
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Diabetic never pain
- Abnormal biomechanics
- Poor limb alignment
The custom-made orthotics you’ll get at Alpine Foot Specialists are made of more durable materials than the over-the-counter inserts and will last for years, not a few months. Our orthotics are custom designed specifically for your feet to improve your running and balance by supporting the arch, cradling the heel and rotating your feet into a neutral position. This support and proper pronation help your feet function at their maximum level. When your feet are balanced and supported correctly, you’re much less prone to ankle or foot injury, knee pain, hip and back pain. Remember, your entire body rides on your feet!
Additionally, for athletes custom orthotics help reduce foot stress and fatigue and may also increase agility. By balancing the feet, shock absorption improves and diminishes before reaching your limbs.
Here a few things you can do at home to help determine if you’ll benefit from custom orthotics:
- Examine the bottom of your shoes. Are they worn unevenly across the toes or heels? If so, you may benefit from orthotics.
- Do your feet, ankles, knees, hips or back hurt after being active?
- Do you have high arches or flat feet?
- Do you have tendonitis, shin splints or hammer toes?
- Do your legs consistently feel tired or aching?
- Do you have diabetic-related foot pain?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, we urge you to book an appointment and let one of our specialists determine if custom orthotics are right for you.