If you’ve ever been to the doctor’s office for foot or ankle pain, then you’ve probably been told about custom-molded orthotics. Prescription orthotics are designed by a podiatrist and molded specifically to your feet to help support and correct your individual foot problems. As your foot rests on the orthotics, it is consistently being directed into the correct position, and therefore, pressure points, improper rotation, and painful muscle strain(s) are eliminated because your foot is functioning properly.
Orthotics are used to help treat:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Foot, ankle, and heel pain
Many patients find that after they’ve started using their custom-molded orthotics, that their symptoms have disappeared. So, how long are you supposed to wear them? The truth is that orthotics don’t cure your foot problem(s), they simply correct the issues that are giving you discomfort. If you were to remove the orthotics, there’s a good chance your problems would return.
Our podiatrists recommend having your orthotics evaluated yearly, to check on wear, and replaced every 3 years. For pediatric orthotics, patients should follow up every 6 months, to monitor their development, and have their orthotics replaced after they grow 2 shoe sizes. Changes to the orthotics themselves are the easiest way to determine if they need to be replaced (i.e. tears, cracks, or thinning), but changes in your body will inform you, too. If you start to notice pain in your feet, as well as other parts of your body (most commonly your knees or back), it’s time to come in and see your podiatrist.
To learn more about custom orthotics or to make an appointment to have your orthotics evaluated, please feel free to contact our office at (248)348-5300 or request an appointment on our website. Our podiatrists, Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, and John D. Miller, DPM, are experts in all areas of foot and ankle care, and will be happy to assist you with any problems you may be experiencing.