Debilitating foot pain can have a negative impact on every aspect of your life. If you have pain while standing, walking, or running, it can interfere with performing daily tasks, managing your exercise routine, and working at your job. Many people try orthotics to help with the pain. You place these inserts inside your shoes to cushion your feet and give them better support. But it’s not always easy to know if you should try off-the-shelf orthotics or have custom orthotics made to specially fit your feet. That’s why it’s important to work with a skilled podiatrist who can discuss your options and determine the best one for you.
Why Custom Orthotics?
Even if you have the right shoes and your footwear fits comfortably on your foot, you may experience foot pain for any number of reasons and many foot conditions, including arthritis and flat feet.
You may have tried off-the-shelf orthotic inserts to help with the pain, only to find that they don’t fit your specific foot shape and don’t solve the problem. When these less expensive, mass-produced inserts don’t alleviate the pain, you may want to consider customized orthotics.
Canyon Foot + Ankle Uses 3D Scanning Tools
At Canyon Foot + Ankle, we use 3D scanning tools to create a precise map of your foot’s shape. This allows a custom orthotic to exactly match the curves and flat areas of your feet. Because our custom orthotics fit each foot’s precise structure, any other type of orthotic you purchase at a store won’t offer the same level of relief.
After your foot shape is scanned, the custom orthotic is then produced with a durable but flexible material. That means, customized inserts typically last much longer than most off-the-shelf options, and damaged customized orthotics can be repaired with a quick trip to the podiatrist’s office instead of being thrown away.
Custom Orthotics for Pain Management
Custom orthotics are designed to provide a comfortable and supportive fit for your unique foot shape. They can alleviate pain, correct alignment issues, and in some cases, even prevent future injuries. So, how exactly does a custom orthotic achieve all that? Pressure that would normally cause you pain while walking is redistributed when wearing a tailor-made orthotic that’s been properly mapped to your foot.
Benefits of Custom Orthotics
- They can alleviate pain in the arch, forefoot, and heel areas
- They may provide relief for back and hip pain
- They may help fix biomechanical gait alignment problems
- They may prevent diabetic foot problems before they begin
- They may relieve pressure on inflamed, sore, or tender areas of the foot
Custom Orthotics Can Help Many Foot Conditions
Your feet are the foundation of a healthy body, and they must support your entire weight whenever you walk, run, or take a step. They are made up of many muscles, nerves, connective tissues, and bones, and repetitive stress can cause damage to any of those parts, causing you pain. Additionally, there are many conditions that cause and/or contribute to foot pain.
Foot Conditions That Can Cause Pain
- Abnormal gait issues
- Achilles tendonitis
- Diabetic foot conditions
- Hammer toes
- Heel spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-foot surgery pain
- Reduced performance during athletic activity
- Serious pain in areas like the heel or forefoot, especially while running or walking
An experienced podiatrist can work with you to determine the cause of your foot pain, diagnose your specific condition, and come up with a game plan to treat your pain and get you back to your active lifestyle. Part of that plan could include pain-relieving custom orthotics.
Providing the Highest Standard of Podiatric Care for Magic Valley Families
If you're dealing with a foot or ankle issue that affects your ability to work and makes it difficult to do what you love, Canyon Foot + Ankle is your first choice for skilled, experienced podiatric care. Our knowledgeable and well-trained podiatrists, Dr. Cory Pilling and Dr. Jason Rockwood, understand that a podiatric problem can disrupt your life and limit your mobility. They use the latest research and cutting-edge technology to give you the necessary treatment and therapy for your individual condition to get you back on your feet.
Whether you’re suffering from an athletic injury, dealing with a diabetic foot wound, or interested in custom orthotics, come to Canyon Foot + Ankle. We have everything you need at two convenient locations. Complete our contact form, or call our Twin Falls office at 208-733-0436 or our Burley location at 208-678-2727 to schedule an appointment to discuss your podiatric issue and treatment options.