If you have foot and ankle pain, orthotics may help correct your gait or musculoskeletal abnormalities that contribute to your pain. Eric Peters, DPM, in White Plains, New York, fits patients of all ages with orthotics to relieve foot pain and lower your risk of future injuries or long-term pain. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online if you have foot or ankle pain and want expert, patient-focused care.
Orthotics are medical devices that provide support and improve foot and ankle function. There are several types of orthotics, including shoe inserts and ankle foot orthotics (AFO) which support the foot, ankle, and calf.
Depending on your needs, your podiatrist may suggest custom orthotics that are made using state-of-the-art computer-aided design (CAD) to fit your feet and ankles precisely. There are also a variety of prefabricated medical-grade orthotics to consider.
Orthotics typically serve one of two functions. The first function is to provide support and reduce pressure on a prominent area. For example, orthotics can relieve pain caused by bursitis, calluses, corns, bunions, and hammertoe.
Orthotics can also correct your foot and ankle function. They can adjust the alignment of your foot and ankle, ensuring that your lower extremity moves correctly when you walk or run. They can correct hypermobility and increase stability.
In most cases, foot or ankle pain will drive you to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Your foot doctor reviews your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history while examining your foot and ankle.
Your podiatrist feels for abnormalities and inflammation. They may ask you to point and flex your foot or walk on a treadmill so they can observe how your feet move while you walk.
Once your podiatrist understands the root cause of your pain, they explain your treatment options, including orthotics.
Your exam is the first step in getting orthotics. If you and your podiatrist agree on trying orthotics, the next step is for your podiatrist to fit you with the correct device. They use foot molds and digital equipment to scan and map your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
Your podiatrist sends the information to a lab where your custom orthotics are manufactured. When the orthotics are ready, you return to the office to try them on. Your podiatrist checks the fit and asks you to walk around to determine if the orthotic corrects the issue.
Your podiatrist gives you instructions on how to get used to wearing the orthotics and how to take care of them.
Call Eric Peters, DPM, or make an appointment online if you have foot and ankle pain and find out if orthotics are the right solution for you.