When it comes to foot pain—especially in the heels and arches—orthotics are one of the most versatile treatment options available. That’s partly due to a significant percentage of painful foot conditions can be traced to biomechanical issues with the feet. When your heels and arches don’t have the support and cushioning they need to absorb and distribute the weight and impact of your steps, your whole body suffers.
If foot pain has been making life at work miserable, or is preventing you from doing what you really want to do—whether that’s hiking, running, camping, shopping, school sports, or playing with the kids—a well-chosen shoe insert may bring you the relief you need and get your life back on track.
Explaining Inserts: Prefabricated and Custom
At McVay Foot & Ankle, we carry a variety of prefabricated orthotics, and also provide fitting for custom orthotics. What’s the difference, and which is right for you?
These devices are mass-produced and designed to fit many common foot shapes. Although they lack personal customization, they are usually sufficient for most people suffering from heel and arch pain. For this reason, we usually recommend a prefabricated insole first, and only move on to a custom orthotic device if pain or discomfort continues.
It’s important to realize that not all prefabricated insoles are equally good, and getting a “foot scan” at a drugstore and pulling a product off the shelf is no substitute for a professional evaluation by an experienced professional. In fact, the wrong insert might do more harm than good! At McVay Foot & Ankle, we carry a selection of orthotics, made by brands we trust, and will be happy to match you with a product we believe will work best for you. Our selection includes orthotics for children, who tend not to be good candidates for custom orthotics since their feet grow so fast.
If your foot and ankle pain is more severe and a prefabricated insole is either not recommended or isn’t enough to relieve your pain, our office can fit you with custom orthotics. We will take a computer scan of your feet (or, if necessary, create a plaster mold) which will be used to create the orthotics. Once the devices are ready, we’ll bring you back to our office to make any final adjustments and send you on your way.
Custom orthotics offer a personalized fit, can treat a wider variety of painful conditions more effectively than mass-produced, prefabricated insoles—especially when additional arch support is needed. They also tend to be sturdier, and in some cases can last several years.
In order to ensure that your custom orthotics continue to provide your feet with the pain relief they need, we strongly recommend you return to our office at least yearly for an orthotics check-up.
Helping You Relieve Your Pain
McVay Foot & Ankle’s specialists are ready to help you with any foot or ankle conditions that causes you pain. We want you to fully understand your condition and leave our office comfortable and confident in the treatment course. We understand that you may have many questions and concerns, and we’ll take all the time you need to ensure you get the best possible care.
Our custom-designed supports might be the nonsurgical treatment option that works for you. Start your path to pain-free living by calling 719-266-5000 to request an appointment.
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