Suffering from discomfort and foot pain should not keep you from enjoying your daily routine. Custom orthotics can support your feet, correct misalignments, reduce abnormal motion, and eliminate pain and discomfort. The benefits of orthotic insoles include, among others:
- Shock absorption and even weight distribution
- Reducing foot pressure and pain
- Correcting foot conditions and healing injuries
- Boosting circulation in the feet and legs
Read on to discover how you can tell it’s time to try custom orthotic insoles.
Six Signs You May Need Custom Orthotics
If you suffer from any foot discomfort or issue, it may be time to make an appointment with a Foot Levelers healthcare provider. Here are the six most common signs that you could benefit from custom orthotics:
1. Foot Pain
The number one sign pointing to foot problems is pain. If you experience foot swelling or pain when standing or walking, you may require orthotics. A Foot Levelers healthcare provider can assess the source of your discomfort and determine whether you need special footwear or custom orthotic insoles to resolve discomfort and pain.
2. Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
You may suffer from plantar fasciitis if you experience sharp, stabbing heel pain, especially when getting up in the morning. The plantar fascia supports your arch and acts as a shock absorber. However, it can be susceptible to inflammation if you:
- Spend a lot of time standing
- Wear high heels
- Are overweight
- Have a tight Achilles tendon
- Suffer from flat feet or high arches
A healthcare provider may recommend a custom orthotic to relieve the pressure on your heel.
3. Shoes Wearing Down Unevenly
Shoe soles wearing down unevenly is a clear indication that something is wrong with your alignment or gait. Shoes wearing down more on the inside or the outside of the sole can point to inward or outward rolling feet. If one shoe shows more wear than the other, your legs may be different lengths.
If your shoes are unevenly wearing down, you could benefit from orthotic insoles to correct your gait or leg length difference. Ignoring these issues can lead to uneven pressure on your feet, as well as joint problems.
4. Flat Feet or High Arches
Flat feet can cause overpronation (the inward rolling of your feet), leading to foot pain and discomfort. Custom orthotics can relieve pressure on the arch and address overpronation. Likewise, individuals with high arches could benefit from orthotics, which may help them avoid or address issues such as plantar fasciitis, hammer toe, foot and/or ankle instability, and others.
5. Diabetic Foot Issues
If you have diabetes, custom orthotic insoles can help you manage your condition and ensure foot health. Ways in which orthotics can help include:
- Evenly distributing pressure on the foot, reducing pressure and friction
- Preventing sores and deformities
- Correcting gait by holding the foot in the correct position
- Managing diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Custom orthotics can be essential for managing your overall foot health when suffering from diabetes and are frequently prescribed by healthcare provider for this purpose.
6. Problems with Balance
If you have problems with balance or suffer from frequent falls, you could benefit from custom orthotics. Collapsed arches can lead to balance problems, particularly in older adults. Orthotics can provide stability and may help to reduce pain, falls, and fall-related injuries.
Signs Your Child May Need Pediatric Orthotics
Keeping an eye on your child’s feet and addressing problems as early as possible lays the foundation for a healthy and pain-free adulthood. Custom orthotics can play a significant role in helping your child’s feet develop correctly and in addressing any foot issues. Many different types of pediatric orthotics can help alleviate alignment issues and foot conditions.
Here are some signs your child may display that could indicate it’s time to explore children’s orthotics:
- Favoring one leg over the other
- Limping or dragging their feet
- Stiffness of the foot and/or ankle
- Feet noticeably turn inwards or outwards
- Flat feet or high arches
- Complains about pain in the feet, ankles, or legs
- Suffering from ingrown toenails, bunions, or heel spurs
Do you have a family history of foot conditions?
If you have a family history of foot issues, your child may be at risk of developing similar problems. Flat feet, high arches, and other problems are generally hereditary. The best way to address any emerging foot issues is to consult a healthcare provider and determine whether your child could benefit from custom pediatric insoles.
Get Relief with Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics Today
You do not have to put up with painful feet or discomfort in your hips and knees any longer. Foot Levelers’ custom, handcrafted orthotics are designed uniquely for your feet and can reduce pain, alleviate foot conditions, and put a spring in your step.
Get started now and find a Foot Levelers provider near you.
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