Don’t fall for over-the-counter orthotics

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It may seem like the best option at the time, but we recommend that you consider prescription orthotics before making an over-the-counter purchase. At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, we specialize in the area of orthoses and can provide custom comfort for your everyday needs. Speaking with a podiatrist is a great first step to learning more about whether orthotics can help relieve your foot, heel or ankle pain. Until then, we hope this post answers a few questions.  

What is a foot orthotic?

A foot orthotic is used to help correct the foot, either after an injury, or when the foot is no longer functioning properly due to other causes. The goal is to reduce the strain that is focused on the injured area. By reducing the strain, the injured area can freely heal. Additionally, pain is reduced.  

Why should I get a prescription orthotic?

A prescription orthotic is designed to meet your individual foot needs. A podiatrist uses a variety of tools, including performing a gait analysis, to gather the precise measurements that are needed to create a custom orthotic. These measurements, along with a 3D model of the patient’s foot, are later used to guide the creation of the orthotic. In short, orthotics provide personalized comfort.  

Are there different types of prescription orthotics?

Yes, the two main groups are accommodative and functional. Accommodative orthotics provide cushion to relieve the pressure focused on the painful area of the foot, such as a callus or a diabetic foot ulcer. Functional orthotics correct foot function and help treat a wide variety of conditions, such as ankle pain, heel pain, and instep pain, among others. 

Visit our office before choosing an over-the-counter option. We’re happy to answer any questions about the benefits of choosing prescription orthotics. If you’re in the North Houston area, contact us at one of the following locations: Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Our board-certified team of podiatrists and surgeons wants to help. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114.