Orthotics and You

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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and here at Westfield Foot and Ankle, we think you should celebrate by doing something special just for yourself. Your feet work hard, so it’s important to give them the support they require. Shoes are always being marketed towards us a being shock absorbent, but the reality is that it’s very hard to mass produce shoe inserts that support everyone’s unique feet. So, while you’re doing your spring cleaning, throw out your old, thin shoe inserts and talk to your doctor about custom orthotics. You owe it to yourself April!

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts designed by a foot doctor using 3D scanning technology to fit the exact contour of your feet. While over-the-counter inserts are helpful for providing cushion, custom orthotics match the way you move and can prevent injuries before they occur. Some of the conditions prevented by orthotics can include:

Orthotics and Diabetes

If you’re someone with diabetes, it’s extra important to take good care of your feet. Orthotics can really help you kick your foot care up a notch. As a diabetic, you should focus on maximizing circulation and minimizing friction when choosing shoes. Orthotics will help you fit into shoes that allow blood to flow optimally and relieve high-friction points that may cause ulcers or wounds.

Orthotics for Athletes

A common misconception about orthotics is that they’re clunky and slow you down. However, the exact opposite is true. For athletes, switching to a custom-molded shoe insert can in fact help you move faster. As an athlete, you’re imparting more trauma on your feet than most people. Orthotics can correct an abnormal gait and support your feet through every stride, preventing injuries like:

Orthotics can help almost anyone improve their foot health, and National Foot Health Awareness Month is a great time to talk to your foot doctor about them. If you’re located in Hamilton County, Indiana, our board-certified podiatrist, David Sullivan, can get you walking happily in a pair of orthotics this April. Visit our office in Westfield, Indiana, today by making an appointment online or calling (317) 896-6655.