Your legs, ankles and feet function effectively when they are aligned vertically. Any deviation from that line can cause pain in feet and ankles. Some of the most common conditions are plantar fasciitis (chronic heel pain), metatarsalgia (forefoot pain), and arch pain from flat feet or high arches. These foot issues can also cause pain further up, contributing to shin splints, knee and IT band issues, even hip and lower back pain.
Custom orthotics give support where your foot needs it and realign your foot and ankle into a more neutral line. These functional supports help prevent pain by keeping motion of bones, tendons and ligaments within their normal range of motion.
Accommodative orthotics cushion and protect diabetic foot sores. Heel supports help with Achilles tendon problems, while orthotic braces help stabilize joints of those with rheumatoid arthritis. Even the cushioning pads used for bunions, corns, and in the forefoot for metatarsalgia can be defined as foot orthoses.
If you have foot pain and are wondering if some sort of foot support might benefit you, give Carolina Podiatry Group a call at (803) 285-1411 in Lancaster or (803) 548-FEET (3338) in Fort Mill, SC and we’ll help you find out.