People with flat feet -- or fallen arches -- tend to experience foot and ankle problems that can be easily corrected with orthotics. These are devices for your feet and ankles that supply an arch and eliminate the need for corrective surgery. Orthotic devices include:
You can purchase many orthotics off the shelf, or you can request a custom design from Dr. Dunn at PGA Foot & Ankle P.A.
Regardless of which one you choose, orthotic devices are simple to apply and easy to remove.
Foot pads are the least complicated option and the smallest. You simply place them either on the bottom of your foot or inside your shoe. They come in various shapes, sizes, and styles, and are used to treat pain at the front of your foot.
Shoe inserts are placed inside the shoe and treat a variety of problems. Also commonly referred to as inlays, insoles, footbeds, or arch supports, shoe inserts can correct flat feet and alleviate foot arthritis.
Ankle braces go on before your shoes and provide compression and support for the bones of your ankle. They’re a great option if you suffer from ankle arthritis, foot drop, or tendonitis. Visit Dr. Charisse Dunn to see if you’d benefit from having custom braces made for you.
The effectiveness of your orthotics depends on the severity of your problem. In more severe cases, surgery may be required. However, orthotics should be your first choice to find out if your symptoms can be relieved without any surgical correction procedures.
Orthotics relieve your symptoms by adjusting the pressure on specific regions of your foot or ankle. For example, certain ankle braces control motion and provide relief to arthritic joints. If you have flat feet, orthotics can usually provide a great deal of pain relief.
Patience is important when adjusting to foot orthoses. You should start by progressively wearing them for a few more hours each day. Avoid using orthoses for extended or aggressive activities like sports until you feel fully comfortable in them.
Dr. E. Charisse Dunn welcomes any questions or concerns you may have regarding orthotics. Call PGA Foot & Ankle P.A., or book an appointment online.
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