Orthotics are prescription shoe inserts designed by your Ellicott City, MD, podiatrist, Dr. John Murphy of Maryland Podiatry Center. They could ease your pain and increase your comfort. Adding orthotics to your shoes offers these important benefits:
Better support for your feet
Your feet help support your entire body and keep the bones in your legs, hips, and back properly aligned. Conditions like flatfoot, foot imbalances, and excessive pronation (turning your feet inward) can affect the ability of your feet to adequately support your body and may lead to leg or back pain. Orthotics support your arches and keep your feet balanced, relieving pain and reducing stress on your feet.
Fewer aches and pains
Orthotics add a little extra cushioning to your shoes and relieve pressure on muscles and tendons, reducing the pain of bunions, arthritis, achilles tendonitis, stone bruises, plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis. The inserts can also help you avoid foot pain if your job requires you to spend hours on your feet.
Reduced risk of diabetic ulcers
Pressure on your feet may increase your risk of developing slow-healing ulcers if you have diabetes. Orthotics reduce pressure, preventing ulcers from forming. The inserts also decrease friction, which can cause blisters.
Your Ellicott City, MD, foot doctor may recommend orthotics if you have a condition that affects the alignment of the bones in your feet, like bunions or a hammertoe. The inserts improve alignment and slow the progression of the condition. Altering alignment with orthotics can also be helpful if you have plantar fasciitis. When your foot is aligned correctly, stress on your plantar fascia decreases, which may reduce your heel pain.
A solution for gait and balance issues
You're less likely to lose your balance, fall, or twist your ankle when you wear orthotics. Orthotics also improve gait issues that affect the way you walk. A gait problem may lead to pain in other parts of the body if it's not corrected.
A simple way to reduce your risk of sports injuries
Orthotics are an excellent choice if you participate in sports or activities that involve walking or running. If you wear the inserts every time you exercise, your risk of developing plantar fasciitis, shin splints, retrocalcaneal bursitis, achilles tendonitis, and other overuse injuries will decrease.
Are you ready to try orthotics? Call your podiatrist in Ellicott City, MD, Dr. Murphy of Maryland Podiatry Center, at 410-992-8504 to schedule your appointment.