You can go out and buy shoe inserts in just about any store that says they will relieve a full list of problems. Unfortunately, these one-size-fits-most solutions rarely deliver everything they promise. Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are specifically created to support the size, shape, and step of your foot personally. You can only get custom orthotics from a professional, and these shoe additions can be almost life-changing for some people. Would you be a good candidate for custom orthotics from an Austin podiatrist? Here are a few things to consider.
Do you have a lot of issues with foot or heel pain?
The number one reason patients look for custom orthotics is because they have a lot of issues with pain in their feet or heels. Some people simply cannot get comfortable in a general pair of shoes because the sole and cushion inside the shoe does not accommodate the shape of their foot. For instance, an individual with steeper arches, a more rounded heel, or even hammertoes may need custom orthotics.
Do you have issues with your feet due to diabetes?
Diabetics can be more prone to problems with their feet than most. Calluses, risks of infection, changes in shape, and more can introduce a lot of problems when wearing shoes. Further, someone with diabetes must do everything they can to protect their feet, and some shoes simply do not supply enough protection from things like pressure ulcers or bunions.
Have you ever experienced a bunion or pressure ulcer?
Bunions and pressure ulcers are painful issues that often come along with wearing shoes that do not fit quite right. These problems may lead to a lot of pain and discomfort when walking, but the right kind of foot support can help alleviate the problems. If you have ever experienced either issue, custom orthotics could be a good solution.
Talk to Podiatrist in Austin About Orthotics
Custom orthotics can completely change how comfortable you are in your shoes and how well you stay mobile in your everyday life. If you think you would be a good candidate for custom orthotics for your shoes, reach out to us at the office of Dr. Jeffrey Lamour, DPM, PA to schedule an appointment in our Austin office.