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Advantages of Custom Orthotics

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Advantages of Custom Orthotics

If you experience pain in your feet, knees, or legs every time you walk, stand, or run, it’s time to get fitted with custom orthotics. Orthotics can allow you to finally move with comfort without any need for invasive surgery.

What Are Custom Orthotics? 

Custom orthotics are prescription inserts molded to a 3D impression of your feet. They can improve your posture, provide your legs with more support, and address any foot pathology you have. These orthotics are designed to fit your foot type, foot problems, weight, and specific activities.

The human feet are complex structures containing 26 bones, along with numerous ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and tendons. They are responsible for supporting you and keeping your balance as you move. Any foot alignment and structure changes can negatively affect other joints and your overall health. Getting custom orthotics in Portland can correct foot alignment issues. 

Before creating your custom orthotics, you will be asked to provide a detailed medical history, and your weight, height, and activity level will be evaluated. A podiatric physician and surgeon in Portland will determine if you are a suitable candidate for custom orthotics and what level of flexibility and rigidity will be best suited for you. 

Getting medical foot care in Portland in the form of custom orthotics can offer a number of benefits.

Treat Several Foot Conditions

Orthotics customized to your feet can treat numerous conditions: 

  • Flat feet
  • Bunions
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • High arches
  • Neuroma
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Bursitis
  • Knee pain 
  • Foot injuries

Provide Foot Support

Custom orthotics can support your foot arches in order to improve stability when you walk or stand. Over-the-counter shoe inserts can help, but they are not designed for your unique foot. On the other hand, custom orthotics can provide optimized balance and correct misalignments and abnormalities, such as high or collapsed arches.

Reduce Pain 

Foot-structure misalignments caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or flat feet can cause pain. These put more strain on your knees, ankles, and lower back. Custom orthotics can relieve the pain by correcting the misalignments. 

Protect Your Joints

The joints of your feet and legs get the brunt of the force every time you walk, jump, or run. They eventually show signs of wear and tear, especially for overweight people or those with flat feet, causing them pain. Fortunately, custom orthotics can distribute the force of your movements throughout your entire foot surface. They can also absorb some of the impact of your activities. 

Prevent Injuries

Your feet endure a lot of pressure and movement, especially when you spend a lot of time running or walking. This increases the risk of bone problems and injuries to the muscles, tendons, and joints. Custom orthotics can reduce your risk of knee pain, plantar fasciitis, medial tibial stress syndrome, and stress fractures. 

Improve Overall Health

When your custom orthotics correct foot misalignments and improve your balance, it enhances the rest of the body, boosting overall health. 

Get in Touch 

Here at the Oregon Institute of Foot Care, you can get the medical and cosmetic treatments your feet need, like custom orthotics. We make our orthotics with the SmartCast system, the latest technology used to take 3D scans of the feet. It is quicker, less messy, and more accurate than the plaster method. Contact us today to book your consultation.