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Which Orthotics Are Right for You?

Runners and other people who are active in sports may find that their feet ache at the end of the day. One way to alleviate some of the pain is to invest in orthotics. Typical shoe liners may provide extra cushioning, but if you put miles on your feet each day, as many runners do, it is worth looking into which orthotics would best suit your feet. In cases of avid runners, an insole can be custom-made by a podiatrist to fit your foot. These inserts will likely be made from synthetic, high-performing materials that provide extra support and cushioning. The average lifespan of such orthotics is 400 to 600 miles, which is about the same time as your running shoes generally last. When fitting you with orthotics, your podiatrist will also consider the way you pronate and if you have flat feet, high arches, or any other foot problems. All these factors will help a podiatrist determine the best orthotics for your feet.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Sarah Urton, DPM from Kitsilano Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Vancouver, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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