Determining When You Need Orthotics

How do you know if you need orthotics?

Are your feet, ankles, back or knees hurting? Might be time to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Anyone can benefit from having orthopedic shoe inserts / shoes. They are designed to help alleviate and prevent pain in your feet, ankles, back and knees. Don’t wait to see your podiatrist, because you risk the chance at causing more pain to your feet. Here are some signs that can help determine if you need orthotics.

Old Shoes – Are the soles in your shoes worn down? Is your right worn down more, then your left? Is one foot longer than the other, there could be a length discrepancy. You’re able to learn a lot from your old shoes, and so can your podiatrist. You are recommended to bring in at least 2 pairs of shoes that are fully worn in, and then your doctor can examine them for good results.

Footprint Test  – Lay down a paper towel or piece of newspaper, and stand on it with wet feet. Take a look at your footprint. A footprint that has a c-curve in the arch would suggest you are supinator, and if the footprint doesn’t have a c-curve it could mean your signify as a pronator.

Feet Pain  – Having improper fitted footwear can cause permanent damage to your feet. For example, wearing pointed toes, high heels or any shoe that doesn’t form to the shape of your feet can cause stress and fatigue. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing pains in your feet and ankles.

Heel Pain – Having severe pain in your heels is NOT normal. If experiencing this pain in the morning, it could be a sign of Plantar Fasciitis. This can be treated with the proper orthotics, stretching and metatarsal pads.

Whether you are experiencing a foot or ankle issue that you have been putting off, contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today!

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