When Should I Consider Orthotics?

If you suffer from foot problems, you already know how they can impact your life. What you may not know is that orthotics can help you and your feet feel better. The podiatrists at Tampa Bay Podiatry in Clearwater, FL, provide comprehensive foot and ankle services, including orthotics.

What You Need To Know About Orthotics

Your feet are important, and when your feet hurt, your whole body can suffer too. When you stand, walk, or move around, your feet must carry your body weight, and that can cause foot stress. Other factors including aging, chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes, and foot injuries can all lead to foot problems and pain.

Orthotics can cushion and support your feet. They also help with gait problems, and they can help to correct foot and toe alignment. So, when should you consider orthotics? Orthotics are an excellent option if you have:

  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy

You should also consider orthotics if you play a sport involving stress to your feet, or if you’ve experienced a traumatic injury to your feet. Another reason to consider orthotics is if you have problems with balance, posture, or walking.

There are several types of orthotics, and your podiatrist can help you select the orthotic which is best for you. Consider:

Soft orthotics, which are made entirely of soft materials. These orthotics help with balance problems, absorb stress and shock to your feet, and are a great choice for diabetic or arthritic feet.

Semi-rigid orthotics, which are made of both soft and rigid materials. These orthotics are excellent for pediatric foot problems, sports injuries, or sports-related stress on your feet.

Rigid orthotics are made entirely of rigid materials. These orthotics can help relieve tendon and muscle pain in your legs and feet.

Want To Know More?

To learn more about orthotics and how they can help you find relief from foot problems, call the podiatrists at Tampa Bay Podiatry in Clearwater, FL. You can reach them in the office by calling (727) 797-5007, so call today.