Some podiatrists would like to convince you that custom orthotic inserts are the answer to any foot problem you might have. That is certainly not something I espouse in my Houston podiatry practice, but I would like to share four conditions that can improve with the help of these devices.
The pain some runners feel in their front lower legs, shin splints, is usually caused by repetitive strain. In addition to giving yourself some rest time to recover from this injury, providing your feet and legs the support of a custom orthotic can provide the biomechanical control needed to reduce the pull of the muscles and prevent the pain from returning once you get back to running.
Heel spurs form when there is abnormal bone growth on the bottom or back of the heel bone; they develop due to pressure from the attached tendon or ligament pulling on the heel. Outside of surgery, this issue can be treated with orthotics as well as padding, changes in shoe gear and, if necessary, injection therapy.
Plantar fasciitis is an injury of the plantar fascia tendon, which runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. With plantar fasciitis, your tendon becomes inflamed, often causing you to experience terrible pain.
Orthotics can help alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis by positioning your feet in a way that places minimal pressure on the injured plantar fascia tendon.
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury, caused by excessive pulling of the tendon. It can develop because you started a new exercise program, or pop up when you don’t rest enough between workouts. Overpronation, or flat feet, can also contribute to this condition. Because of its causes, orthotics can help alleviate the symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis in much the same way they help prevent recurring shin splints.
For all of the conditions we just discussed, orthotics will likely help reduce pain, but further treatment may be necessary to fully heel an injury or prevent it from recurring. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider for a full evaluation of your injury.