Look inside almost any shoe you own, and you’ll most likely find an insert with a slope in the arch area. These pre-packaged inserts are designed to support the arches of the average person’s feet. However, not all feet are the same, and different people may require different levels of arch support (think about people with flat feet, for example). Because of this, for many people with foot pain, shoe inserts or custom orthotics are often the answer.
If what you’re looking for is something to provide more comfort and support, a shoe insert may be all you need. Some of the most common types of over-the-counter inserts include:
- Arch supports – for high arches, low arches or flat feet
- Insoles – for extra all-around cushioning
- Heel liners – for cushioning in the heel
While these types of inserts can help reduce the toll on your feet caused by standing or walking for long periods of time, keep in mind that they won’t correct biomechanical foot problems.
For more serious foot pain, it may help to see a podiatrist. He or she will perform an assessment in order to determine whether there are underlying issues that must be addressed. For example, a podiatrist will analyze your gait (the way you walk), the alignment and position of the foot, and your overall posture.
Depending on your diagnosis and how you have responded to other treatments, your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics. Unlike one-size-fits-all, over-the-counter shoe inserts, custom orthotics are designed specifically for your feet. This means that they’re specifically crafted to support your foot structure, address issues with your feet, and improve function.
Do you think that shoe inserts or custom orthotics might be the answer to your foot problems? Call us at 210-479-3233 to schedule an appointment and get an assessment from an expert podiatrist.