Custom Orthotics: A Simple Solution to Multiple Foot Problems

Custom Orthotics: A Simple Solution to Multiple Foot Problems

Nearly 90% of people feel foot pain at some point in their lives. Your feet are the foundation of your body and are subjected to repeated stress, strain, and impact each and every day. Plus, you rely on your feet to help you stay active, as well move around from day to day. 

At Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kerry Berg, DPM, helps you relieve chronic foot pain with state-of-the-art therapies, including custom orthotics designed for your symptoms, foot shape, and other factors.

If you're struggling with foot pain or dysfunction, find out how orthotics can help. 

All about custom orthotics

You can find orthotics at the drugstore, but these aren’t made for your feet. Often they’re constructed of flimsy material and based on the most generic foot shapes.

You’re an individual with feet to match, and custom-made orthotics are made just for you to relieve pain and prevent symptoms in the future.

To create a custom orthotic, Dr. Berg does a thorough exam of your foot and gait mechanics — the way you walk. She takes specific measurements of your feet and identifies where you need more support. Each custom orthotic is created individually at a lab dedicated to state-of-the-art orthotic design and production. 

Depending on your lifestyle and footwear preferences, we can design orthotics for most shoe types, including athletic and dress shoes. Plus, we use durable materials — sturdier and more comfortable than materials used in over-the-counter insoles. 

Dr. Berg often recommends custom orthotics to help with issues like:

Bunions

Bunions describe when your big toe joint is forced out of alignment. You develop a painful bump on the side of your foot. Orthotics help people who have a genetic foot shape that’s vulnerable to developing bunions and can undo some of the harm inflicted by prior shoe choices (like pointy toes or high heels). 

Flat feet

Healthy feet have arches, but if you have flat feet, your feet are just that: flat. This means you don’t have the bones, ligaments, and tendons to support a healthy gait. 

Flatfoot, the condition of having flat feet, is common in childhood but can also happen to adults, when it’s nicknamed “fallen arches.” Custom orthotics help replace the arch support that you’re missing.

Hammertoes

A hammertoe is an abnormally bent toe. Hammertoe results from an imbalance of the muscles that support the toe, but genetics, arthritis, and injuries can also play a role. Orthotics can support feet that are prone to hammertoe.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis develops when the strong band of tissue that runs from your heel to the front of your foot gets irritated and inflamed. Your risk of developing plantar fasciitis increases as you age or with overuse and poor shoe choices. 

People with plantar fasciitis often have pain when they first stand up in the morning or when they stand after a long period of sitting. Custom orthotics help support inflamed tissue and prevent the dysfunction that causes the heel issue in the first place.

Neuromas

A neuroma happens when nerve tissue thickens, causing shooting pain, aching, and burning sensations around the nerve and sometimes along its pathway. 

In feet, neuromas typically form in the ball portion of the foot, just below the base of the toes. Custom orthotics offer extra padding to relieve discomfort from neuromas. 

Don’t ignore your foot pain

Foot pain limits your activities and interferes with your ability to enjoy life. Without treatment, foot pain can cause other problems, like back pain, spine issues, and pain in your knees and hips.

Get treatment for your foot pain at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates. Call today to set up a consultation to find out more about custom orthotics or other treatments that can help you feel better. Alternatively, use this website to set up your appointment.

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