Correct And Manage Common Foot Problems With Orthotics
You’ve probably seen plenty of shoe inserts hanging on displays in grocery stores and other locations you’ve walked through while running errands. While these mass-produced inserts will help keep your foot in place in a loose-fitting shoe or add a bit more cushion for added comfort, they cannot solve more complex foot problems. This is because they are not customized for the needs of the individual. At Highland Foot And Ankle Clinic in St. Paul, we can create custom orthotics to help mitigate many foot- and ankle-related problems. These may include foot or ankle pain, trouble balancing, or irregular gait caused by an injury or one’s natural foot shape. Our podiatrists will use years of expertise in biomechanics to create orthotics that feel comfortable and allow your feet and ankles to function properly, preventing further pain and injury.
Custom Orthotics From Highland Foot And Ankle Clinic Can Help Manage And Relieve:
General foot pain and pressure points
Arthritis affecting the feet
Back pain caused by poor foot alignment when standing
Bunions, hammer toes, and plantar fasciitis
Pressure ulcers in patients with diabetes
Pain in the foot and elsewhere due to high arches
Challenges with balance
Frequently Asked Questions
Simply put, it is a shoe insert that is custom made to perfectly fit the contour of each of your feet. After taking a mould of your foot, we send the mould off to a lab where they will create an insert that is the perfect fit for each of your feet. Having a perfect fit for your foot can help manage many different foot and ankle problems.
It is common for orthotics to feel a bit stiff at first. You may even experience some arch soreness or discomfort while your feet adjust. If you start experiencing pain or blistering, it is important to contact your doctor so that the orthotic can be adjusted.
Custom orthotics can take up to 3-4 weeks for the product to return to our office. That being said, there are many “off the shelf” products we offer which we can recommend the best option for your feet and help you properly cut them to the correct size. These options require no wait time and you can walk out of our office with them in your shoes.
Orthotics can be tremendously helpful for treating many different foot and ankle problems including the following:
Corns and bunions
Pronation and supination
Shin, knee, and hip pain
No. While orthotics help your feet and ankles function at their highest potential, they will not cause your body to become dependent on them. You can still wear other shoes or sandals that do not have orthotics in them. However, the more often you wear your orthotics, the greater effect they will have on your foot and ankle health.
A healthy ankle should be perfectly in line with your knee and heel. Or in other words, if you were to draw a line between the center of your knee and your heel, the center of your ankle should also fall along that same line. Pronation is when your ankle would be bent inside that line and supination is when your ankle would be bent outside that line.
When your ankle is not in line with the rest of your body, it can cause long-term discomfort and other problems, not only in your ankle, but also in your feet, knees, and even your hips. By using custom orthotics and other treatments, Highland Foot and Ankle Clinic can help you align your ankles and correct pronation or supination.
Make An Appointment For Custom Orthotics In St. Paul
A common foot complaint is generalized foot pain or a sense of instability. At Highland Foot and Ankle Clinic, our services podiatrists can work with patients to create custom orthotics and bracing to help mitigate these symptoms. Expertise in foot and ankle biomechanics is essential when prescribing and fitting custom orthotics. Our podiatrists have unique training and experience that makes Highland Foot and Ankle Clinic the best choice for custom orthotic management in St. Paul. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!