Heel pain is a common problem that leaves people of all ages and life situations struggling to participate in, much less enjoy, their favorite hobbies—or in some cases, even perform daily tasks. Excessive or repetitive pressures, and even just poor support, strain the heel and the tissues attached to it. However, a simple treatment could make all the difference for your heel discomfort: custom orthotics.
What Custom Orthotics Are Designed For
Custom orthotics are special inserts that are prescribed by an experienced podiatrist to fit your unique feet and individual needs. They’re special inserts that slip into your shoes and help correct abnormal biomechanics or absorb pressure and shock. Many foot pain-causing problems are related to overuse from repetitive motions, insufficient support, and abnormal biomechanical motions. Orthotic inserts are meant to add cushioning or support and adjust how your lower limbs handle pressure to correct the problems and alleviate pain.
How Orthotics and Heel Pain Fit Together
Heel pain has many different causes that affect specific tissues in your lower limbs. In general, however, the condition is a result of too much pressure and strain on the back of your foot. Repetitive motion, particularly if it abnormally stresses your heels in ways it wasn’t designed to handle, damages ligaments, tendons, and other tissues over time. Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel bursitis, and more can all develop for those reasons. This is, of course, uncomfortable—and the problem only gets worse with time. Alleviating the discomfort means reducing the strain on your heels.
That’s where custom orthotics come in. Because these orthotics support your feet and correct biomechanical issues, they can alleviate the stressors that are contributing your specific heel pain. Certain insoles can stabilize or support your arch and midfoot, so your foot absorbs shock more efficiently and moves properly when you stand or walk. Other styles could add appropriate cushioning to help you better absorb pressure or hard impacts, too. Ultimately each custom orthotic is fabricated to fit your unique foot shape and mechanical needs.
Could You Benefit from Orthotics?
Whether or not you would benefit from a pair of custom inserts really depends on your unique feet and heel pain situation. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. will examine your lower limbs and evaluate what is contributing to your painful heels. For many people, the answer might be yes: using orthotics to alleviate the pressure and stress on your heels will help restore your comfort. In that case, we will work with you to determine what kind of prescription insert would be the best fit for your needs and your unique feet.