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Do I Need Orthotics?


Does your foot hurt? Do you want to know if a simple insole can help? It might. But depending on the problem, you may need a "corrector" instead.

Inserts that can be purchased at the store without a prescription can provide cushioning and support. They may be made of materials such as gels, plastics or foams. The insert fits your shoes. But they are not customized for your feet. They provide arch support or extra cushioning for the heel, around the toes or the entire sole. The insole may make your shoes more comfortable, but not for correcting foot problems.

The aligners are different. They are a prescription medical device that you can wear in your shoes to correct biomechanical foot problems such as walking, standing or running. They can also help treat foot pain caused by diseases such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis and arthritis. Orthopaedics can even help you avoid flat foot surgery.

However, you may not need prescription medical equipment. Sometimes, over-the-counter insoles are also available. You can seek advice from a podiatrist who is a doctor who specializes in foot care.

What will your podiatrist check?

During the appointment, your podiatrist will take a 3D image of each foot and perform a thorough inspection. This may include observing your walking and paying attention to the movements of your feet, ankles, legs and hips.

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